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Keolis employee placed on leave as officials investigate deadly train crash

Roberta Sausville of Wilmington died Friday evening when an inbound Haverhill line train struck the driver’s side of her car near the north Wilmington MBTA station.

A Keolis employee has been placed on administrative leave, while officials investigate the circumstances surrounding Friday’s deadly train crash in Wilmington, according to a statement from the company.

Officials say 68-year-old Roberta Sausville of Wilmington died Friday evening when an inbound Haverhill line train struck the driver’s side of her car near the north Wilmington MBTA station.

MBTA officials told The Boston Globe that the crossing gates and flashing lights meant to keep cars off the tracks did not activate in time.

The worker, who has not been named, likely did not reset the system to its normal operating mode after conducting regularly scheduled maintenance, MBTA officials told the paper.

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Keolis would not say whether the employee’s leave is paid or unpaid, according to the Globe. The company runs the MBTA’s commuter rail system.

A spokesperson said Keolis is committed to working with investigators, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the MBTA “to identify and address the circumstances of this heartbreaking accident.”

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo told the paper Monday that investigators performed multiple tests at the Wilmington crossing over the weekend,

“In each instance, the safety system performed in the manner in which it was designed,” Pesaturo told the Globe. “Investigators found no defects nor any other problems with the various elements that comprise the infrastructure of the railroad crossing’s safety system.”

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