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July 4, 2013

District attorney IDs victim killed by train

BEVERLY — The man struck and killed by a commuter train near Gloucester Crossing Monday was identified yesterday as 55-year-old William F. Brodbine of 15 Beacon St., Beverly.

“The matter was investigated and determined to be a non-suspicious death,” said Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex County district attorney’s office.

Initial reports by authorities said the man suffered “severe head trauma” after being struck by a Boston-bound commuter train while he was on the tracks across from Briscoe Middle School at 12:36 p.m. An incident report provided by the MBTA said the victim “sustained mortal injuries to his head and chest.”

MBTA Transit police said Monday that the victim had been trespassing on the tracks when he was struck by the train, a few hundred feet northeast of the Gloucester Crossing intersection of Cabot and Rantoul streets.

The locomotive engineer immediately applied the emergency brake, and two married doctors who were passengers on the train quickly came to the victim’s aid before paramedics arrived. Brodbine was taken to Beverly Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than 45 minutes after the incident.

State police detectives assigned to the district attorney’s office, MBTA and Beverly police investigated the incident, Monahan said.

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