Shirley Police Investigate Commuter Rail & Car Collision

Photo: Photo Courtesy of the Shirley Police Department

SHIRLEY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Friday night at around 6:50 p.m. the Shirley Police Department said a commuter rail train collided with an unmanned vehicle at Phoenix Crossing.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority 5:30 p.m. Fitchburg Commuter Rail train had just left the Shirley train station when the incident happened. No injuries were reported following the crash, as police said the vehicle was abandoned on the tracks.

MBTA Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan told WBZ NewsRadio that the operator of the 2016 BMW involved in the crash took a wrong turn in the area near Church and Davis Street, and ended up stuck on the tracks. Because they were unable to move their vehicle, the driver exited the car and moved away for their safety, Sullivan said.

Sullivan said the BMW was then struck by the incoming commuter rail train and received minor injuries from the collision. The car was removed from the tracks and the scene was cleared following the incident, officials said.

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