Metro North identifies New York man killed Wednesday night by train

UPDATED THURSDAY 2:10 P.M. — Police are continuing to investigate what led to a man being fatally struck by a train in Greenwich on Wednesday night.

Reports are that a person was struck by a Metro North train in the Davis Avenue area, suffering what is believed to be a traumatic brain injury. No additional details have been released. Late Wednesday night, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said that man. The investigation is being handled by the MTA police. On Thursday, Metro North spokesman Marjorie Anders confirmed that the man has been identified as Alexander Bertrand, 21, of North Woodmere, N.Y.

“The case is still under investigation,” Ms. Anders told the Post on Thursday. “We don’t know what he was doing in the right of way or if this was a suicide.”


Due to the investigation there were delays in both directions, but Metro North said as of 10 p.m. Wednesday night, trains were back to being close to schedule. The incident happened close to the central Greenwich train station and Bruce Park Road had to be closed for a short time on Wednesday night because of the investigation.

First Selectman Peter Tesei told the Post that on Wednesday that he visited the scene after being made aware of the incident. He said the man was in his mid 20’s and that he had suffered “pretty severe, critical injuries.” Greenwich Emergency Medical Services were at the scene and transported the man to Stamford Hospital’s trauma unit for treatment. Greenwich police and fire departments also responded. The man ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

Mr. Tesei said it was his understanding the man was struck by an unoccupied passenger train traveling southbound. Greenwich Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Kraig Gray confirmed that account in a statement issued at approximately 8:45 p.m. He said that the GPD had first been made aware of the incident at around 7 p.m. when MTA police contacted the department’s emergency dispatch for assistance.

At Thursday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Mr. Tesei gave acknowledgement the response from the local emergency services, crediting the police, fire and GEMS personnel with “heroic action” in trying to save Mr. Bertrand’s life.

“No one can truly appreciate the work those folks do until you see it first hand at the scene of an accident,” Mr. Tesei said. “For those of us who do not see this on a daily basis, it is eye opening. We are saddened to see a fatality in our town and certainly this was not a pleasant moment. I do want to compliment those who were there.” will have more details as they become available.

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