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By Norman Miller/Daily News staff
The MetroWest Daily News
Posted Aug 06, 2008 @ 12:23 AM

An Amtrak train yesterday struck and killed a man near the Westborough commuter rail station, 16 hours after a man was seriously injured on the same tracks in Framingham.
In yesterday's accident, the Chicago-bound Lake Shore Limited struck the man near the T station on Smith Parkway at about 12:50 p.m., authorities said. The man was pronounced dead on the tracks, police said.
The train, which left Boston at noon and carried 92 passengers, was delayed 2 hours and 55 minutes, said Tracy Connell, an Amtrak spokeswoman. Passengers were taken by commuter rail to Worcester and then bused to Albany, N.Y., for the connection to Chicago, she said.
Police confirmed the man's identity but withheld it pending notification of relatives.
Yesterday's fatality brings to five the number of people killed by trains this year on MBTA property, said T spokesman Joe Pesaturo. Seven were killed last year.
In 2006, 10 people were killed by trains; nine in 2005, 13 in 2004, 11 in 2003, 15 in 2002, 12 in 2001 and 13 in 2000, Pesaturo said.
On Monday night around 8:50, an eastbound MBTA commuter train struck Gregory Buchanan, 54, who was on the tracks behind the Casa De Carnes market, 125 Howard St., in Framingham. Buchanan, whose foot was severed, was listed in stable condition yesterday at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
In September 2006, Framingham Police Detective Greg Reardon rescued Buchanan from the tracks as a train approached, said Framingham police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany.
In that 2006 incident, Reardon saw a drunken Buchanan stumble and fall on the tracks, Shastany said. Seeing a train approaching, he pulled Buchanan off the tracks. Buchanan was later arrested for disorderly conduct because he verbally abused Reardon, Shastany said.
It is unknown if Buchanan, who has been arrested several times for public drinking, was intoxicated Monday night.
"We've arrested him twice in the past to prevent this," said Shastany. "It's a stark reminder of how dangerous it is to walk on the tracks. We take it for granted that these trains lumbering through the intersections will be easy to move out of the way (of), but this proves it is not."
Buchanan was last arrested for trespassing on railroad property on May 22. He was arrested four days before on the same charge.
He was arrested last Friday on a warrant, but details about those charges were not available yesterday.
Pesaturo said it has not been determined if Buchanan will be charged with trespassing on railroad property for the latest incident.
The commuter train was delayed for about an hour after the accident on Monday. Buchanan was flown by rescue helicopter to the Worcester hospital.

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