WAREHAM (CBS) — Hundreds of children were on a Christmas-themed train with their families for “first responders night” when it hit and killed two people in Wareham on Saturday.
As Mass. State Police, Wareham Police, and the MBTA continue to investigate the fatal crash between a Christmas-themed train and two people, some new details were released Sunday.
The two victims were a 33-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man, both from Wareham, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
“The conductor made attempts to stop the train and activated the train’s emergency braking system prior to impact,” said a statement from the D.A.
The train was carrying 355 passengers, including 200 children. None of them were injured. The passengers were first responders and their families.
Passengers were forced to wait on the train for hours while police investigated. Ultimately, the train went back to its starting point.
The train is similar to a Polar Express ride that regularly travels through Wareham during the holiday season. Saturday’s right was the company’s final dress rehearsal before the holiday season.
The man and woman are not being identified at this time.
“Our hearts go out to the families,” Cape Cod Central Railroad said in a statement.
Residents who live nearby said people frequently walk on the tracks. The D.A. says it appears the man and woman were walking on the tracks when they were hit.