SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

July 24, 2013

Medical call results in commuter train delays


The Salem News

---- — Emergency personnel responded to two separate medical incidents at the Salem and Beverly commuter rail stations yesterday morning.

A male passenger in his mid-40s reportedly passed out at Salem Station around 7:30 a.m.

“Per MBTA policy, EMTs were contacted at 7:33 a.m. and an ambulance arrived at 7:40 a.m. The passenger was removed by medical personnel for treatment, and train service resumed at 7:45 a.m.,” said Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad spokesperson Scott Farmelant, in an email to The Salem News.

Train 108 on the Newburyport/Rockport line was delayed 17 minutes because of the incident, Farmelant said. That delay caused three following trains — 158, 61 and 62 — to be delayed 10 minutes.

In Beverly, police and Fire Department personnel responded to the Beverly Depot for a medical call involving a man sitting on a bench at the station just after 9 a.m. The medical issue was not serious and was handled quickly, firefighters said.

— Bethany Bray