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Man struck by commuter train in Lynn

Med flight helicopter containing the person hit by the train on the North Shore Community College lawn. (Owen O'Rourke)

UPDATE Monday, 12:14 p.m.: The man struck by the train has died, according to the Lynn Fire Department.

LYNN — It was a scary scene in Central Square after a man was hit by an outbound MBTA train on Sunday night.

Authorities are investigating why the man, who is in his 40s, was on the tracks when he was struck by the train. The impact pushed him off the tracks.

He suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, according to Transit Police.

He was placed in an ambulance and taken to North Shore Community College where a medflight helicopter took him to Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Initial reports indicated the man was pinned beneath the train, but Lynn fire officials later said those reports were incorrect.

Bridget Turcotte, a Daily Item reporter, was on the train. Shortly after 6 p.m., she said the conductor rushed from the back of the train.

A few moments later, an announcement was made that a person at the front of the train “was having a medical emergency” and passengers should remain seated, said Turcotte, who was headed to the Boston Bruins game.

“The crowd, many dressed in Bruins hats and jerseys, started to complain until the train went dark,” she said. “Five minutes later, another announcement was made telling passengers they could get off the train at the front, if they chose to do so.”

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