Man electrocuted after climbing on top of Metro North train

September 21, 2018

Officials are sorting out the strange case of a man who somehow climbed on top of a Stamford-bound Metro-North train on the New Haven line who died when he was electrocuted Wednesday night.

According to Metro North officials, the incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“A train traveling to New Haven was stopped between Larchmont and Mamaroneck stations due to a power issue. Preliminarily, it appears that a man attempted to get on top of the train and had come into contact with catenary wires,” Metro North said.

The man was later identified as Michael Vigeant, 24, of Hudson, New Hampshire.

According to a story in The Danbury Daily Voice, an online newspaper, Vigeant had climbed on top of the train with his older brother. The brother was drunk, according to a witness.

The victim was found by a train crew member and was transported to a local hospital, where he died. Trains on the New Haven line were experiencing delays ranging from 30-55 minutes until about 3:20 a.m.

The incident is under investigation, officials said.


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