A woman was killed on Monday, after being hit by a train while crossing the tracks in Springfield.
That woman was crossing the tracks near Wason Avenue in Springfield’s North End.
An Amtrak train on its way to Vermont hit the woman, around 3:30 Monday afternoon. Springfield police spokesman Ryan Walsh said the woman died at Baystate Medical Center.
The tracks are a popular cut through to reach the shops on Main Street, but Amtrak said that crossing the tracks is both dangerous and illegal.
Each year, about 2,000 people are killed or injured crossing and trespassing incidents nationwide, according to Amtrak.
It can take a mile or more to stop a train, so an engineer who suddenly sees someone on the tracks will likely be unable to stop in time.
Amtrak says the only safe place to cross is at a designated crossing with either a crossbuck, flashing red lights or a gate.
If you cross at any other place, you are trespassing and can be ticketed, or fined $100.