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Woman, 30, Dies at Harvard T Station

First responders swarmed the Harvard T stop Sunday evening.
First responders swarmed the Harvard T stop Sunday evening. By Pei Chao Zhuo
By Sarah Girma and Brandon L. Kingdollar, Crimson Staff Writers

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A 30-year-old woman died in an apparent suicide Sunday at the Harvard T station.

The woman, whose identity has not been revealed, was pronounced dead after first responders were called to the scene at 5:24 p.m. Sunday, the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office said. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority tweeted later that evening that a section of Red Line service was halted due to “a person under a train.”

The Middlesex DA is investigating the incident, but no foul play is suspected, according to Marcela Dwork, a spokesperson for the office.

Richard Sullivan, the MBTA Transit Police Department superintendent, wrote in an email Monday morning that the woman’s death was an “intentional act.”

Red Line service was halted for over five hours Sunday as first responders swarmed the T station, which sits in the middle of Harvard Square. MBTA Transit Police, Cambridge Police, Cambridge Fire, and area emergency medical services responded to the incident.

Rail service was halted in both directions until roughly 10:35 p.m.

Shuttles replaced T service between the Alewife and Park Street stations. Riders reported delays and confusion resulting from the stoppages. In some cases, passengers waited for over an hour in freezing temperatures for shuttle service.

—Staff writer Sarah Girma can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @SarahGirma_.

—Staff writer Brandon L. Kingdollar can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @newskingdollar.

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