May 24, 2018
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Downeaster train hits and kills pedestrian in Biddeford

Jeff Lagasse | Journal Tribune
Jeff Lagasse | Journal Tribune
Police and rescue personnel respond to a fatal accident on the Amtrak tracks off Main Street in Biddeford on Monday.
By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff

BIDDEFORD, Maine — An Amtrak Downeaster train struck and killed a pedestrian in Biddeford, railroad and law enforcement officials confirmed Monday afternoon.

The train hit an individual trespassing on the tracks about 400 feet west of Main Street in Biddeford just after 3 p.m. Monday, Cynthia Scarano, executive vice president of Pan Am Railways, the company that owns the railroad the Downeaster travels on, told the Bangor Daily News.

Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, the public transportation agency that oversees the Downeaster, said train 686 was involved in the accident and 61 passengers were aboard at the time.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., Quinn said, the train was due to be cleared imminently to continue on to Boston after a more than two-hour delay. She added that the 687 train, which was scheduled to leave Boston for Portland at 5:40 p.m., will be delayed by two hours while it awaits the arrival of the southbound train.

Quinn said nobody aboard the train was hurt in the incident. The crew of the train was replaced after the accident, according to Downeaster policy.

“It’s traumatic,” Quinn said Monday evening. “It’s very upsetting for everybody when something like that happens. The crew was sent home and another crew was brought in to take the train the rest of the way to Boston.”

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