Area where woman was killed by train a popular shortcut to Main St. in Springfield

Hampden County

A woman was killed trying to cross the train tracks in Springfield’s north end early Monday evening. 

People who live near the tracks told 22News a lot of people cut across them, but Amtrak said its trespassing, which turned deadly on Monday. A Vermonter Amtrak train pulled out of Springfield around 5:20 p.m., just two hours after a woman was killed crossing the tracks near Plainfield Street and Wason Avenue. 

When 22News got there, the train was stopped, and police were on the tracks. A woman told 22News her mother, who’s in her 70’s was the one who was hit. 

She said her mother crosses the tracks there every day. Springfield Police spokesman Ryan Walsh said the victim died at Baystate Medical Center.  

The tracks are a popular cut through to reach the shops on Main Street. Another woman who recently moved to the area said the train tracks seemed safer than walking on Route 20. 

“I moved over here, someone actually got hit by a car going over that bridge,” said Valerie Julce of Springfield. “I don’t know if he was on a bike or just crossing over, so I’m like okay, I’m definitely not going that way. So, I thought this was an easier way just to get to the family dollar.” 

But Amtrak said the crossing is both dangerous and illegal, and that thousands of people are killed or injured trying to cross tracks every year, and if it’s not a designated crossing, it’s trespassing. 

Residents told 22News this shortcut no longer seems worth it. 

“Probably just have to Uber just like I’ve been doing everything else,” said a resident who lives nearby. “Something that I thought would just take five minutes, now you have to think about it differently.” 

Walsh said any further information regarding the deadly incident will come from the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office. 

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