Updated: FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A person on the tracks was hit and killed by a Metro-North train near the Fairfield Metro station on Wednesday afternoon, a Metro-North spokesman confirmed.
Train service was halted in both directions between Southport and Bridgeport as police investigated the accident, which occurred just east of the Fairfield Metro station, said Marjorie Anders, a spokesman for the MTA.
The accident happened at about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, Anders said. A 2:04 p.m. train from Grand Central Terminal headed for New Haven at 4:06 p.m. hit the unidentified person, who was on the tracks, she said.
"The person is DOA," Anders said. The victim was not identifed as of Wednesday night.
John Bell via Twitter @NewsBell said the accident occurred near Scofield Avenue just past the train station.
The man who was hit had stepped onto the tracks in front an oncoming Metro-North train and lay down, police told the Connecticut Post . The train engineer spotted the man standing along the tracks near an auto dealer warehouse off Commerce Drive, police told the Post. The train was unable to stop and rolled over the man, the Post said.
The train involved in the accident was kept at the accident scene as the investigation continued. The train behind it stopped at the Southport station for passengers to disembark, she said.
Metro-North set up a bus system to ferry train passengers around the accident scene, Anders said.
"It will be very crowded in Southport," she said. Eastbound passengers traveled by bus from Southport to Bridgeport to continue east toward New Haven, she said.
"We're going to need a whole lot more buses," Anders said. "It's going to be trying for people headed east of Southport."
All four tracks in the area were shut down while the Fairfield Fire Department worked at the scene. The tracks reopened just before 5 p.m. with some delays.
Read the full story here at the Connecticut Post.
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