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Conductor Recovering After MBTA Commuter Rail Incident

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    Police say the conductor was checking to see if anyone was standing too close to the platform edge when he lost his footing and fell.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017)

    Transit police in Massachusetts say a conductor was seriously hurt when he was hit by his own train after falling onto the tracks during a safety check. 

    Police say the commuter train was going about 15 miles per hour as it pulled into a station near Brandeis University in Waltham on Monday. They say the conductor was checking to see if anyone was standing too close to the platform edge when he lost his footing and fell. 

    "I saw him on the ground. He was conscious. I think he was OK but his leg was really mangled, really in bad shape," said witness Richard Saron. "Then the emergency vehicles came around and they took him away, but he was talking." 

    The 29-year-old conductor, whose name was not released, was taken to a Boston hospital with injuries described as serious but not life-threatening. 

    Transit police say the conductor has been with Keolis, which operates the commuter rail, for four years. 

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