A pedestrian was struck by an MBTA commuter rail train in West Newton Friday morning and rushed to an area hospital with serious injuries, officials said.
Boston College identified the person struck as Ariel Cox, a sophomore at the school. Cox, who is from Newton and is the daughter of BC economics professor Donald Cox, was critically injured in the incident and is in the hospital, surrounded by her family, according to a statement from BC.
“I ask for your thoughts and prayers for BC sophomore Ariel Cox who was critically injured this morning when she was struck by a train in West Newton,” wrote Joy Moore, BC’s vice president for student affairs, in a note to students that was tweeted out by Boston College’s official Twitter account on Friday afternoon.
The incident happened around 10 a.m. at the West Newton commuter rail station, MBTA Transit Police said in a statement.
“An adult female, approximate age of 20, while trespassing on the right of way was struck by an inbound commuter rail train on Track 2,” the statement said. “The female was transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries.”
Foul play is not suspected, the statement said.
Officials from the Newton Fire Department also responded.
The crash caused delays on the commuter rail, including on Worcester Train 512.
“Update: Worcester Train 512 (8:50 am from Worcester) … is over 1 hour late due to earlier police activity,” the commuter rail system tweeted around 11:15 a.m.