The Plymouth County District Attorney has identified the victims in Saturday night's fatal train strike as Melissa Guadette (33) and Edwin Benitez-Figueroa (36), both of Wareham. A statement from DA Timothy Cruz's office reports that the pair died at the scene. The accident was reported around 7:30 p.m. Saturday at milepost 5.25 along the Cape Maine Line.
None of the 355 passengers on the train was injured. About 200 children were reportedly on board. Railroad employees in holiday garb kept the children occupied while the train was at a stop for two hours.
The DA's statement reports that the conductor made attempts to stop the train and activated the train's emergency braking system prior to impact."
The incident remains under investigation.
Ms. Guadette and Mr. Benitez-Figueroa were arrested by Wareham Police on October 18th and charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. You can read that story on the Related Content link below.