Pan Am Railways train involved in fatal Portland accident

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 16, 2013, at 9:30 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Police are at the scene of a fatal accident involving a Pan Am Railways freight train, a city emergency dispatcher confirmed.

The accident happened about 7:30 p.m. Police closed the section of Forest Avenue that runs from Woodford’s Corner and Walton Street, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Officers rushed to Woodford’s Corner on Forest Avenue after getting a report of a person hit by a freight train, Portland’s WGME 13 reports.

Police have not yet identified the victim, but said the person was walking along the tracks on Irving Avenue, which run behind some homes.

Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, said Wednesday night that Amtrak’s Downeaster also uses the track but was not involved in the accident.

Passengers who were scheduled to leave Portland at 8:10 p.m. were put on a bus and in taxis because the tracks were blocked, she said.

Check bangordailynews.com for updates.

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