Just before 11:00am on Wednesday, April 11th, Cohasset Police and Fire units were dispatched to the commuter rail grade crossing on Pleasant Street. They were responding to a report of a female laying across the tracks between the Pleasant Street and Pond Street crossings. The train was inbound Scituate to Boston with approximately 10 passengers, and service was subsequently shut down for 30 minutes.
The engineer of the train had to put it into “emergency” after rounding a bend and discovering the female on the tracks, only hundreds of feet away. After first responder arrival, they made way to the victim, who was already being tended to by train personnel. The female was identified as a 62-year-old Cohasset resident but her name has not been released. She chose to lay on the train tracks due to being suicidal and wanting to end her life.
After the paramedics initial aid, the female was loaded onto an ambulance and taken to the hospital. She was then arranged for a mental health evaluation. Chief William Quigley of the Cohasset police commented on the situation saying, “We are so grateful that the MBTA/Keolis engineer, and conductor, were well trained and quick acting. Their fast actions absolutely saved a life today.”
Police prompt the public of the Suicide and Crisis hotline, stating, “If you or someone you know may be considering suicide or is in crisis, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.”.