Amtrak train strikes, kills man in Brattleboro

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BRATTLEBORO —A man has died from injuries sustained after being struck by an Amtrak train coming from Bellows Falls on Sunday. A second person was injured in the incident.

"Two people were walking north on the train tracks," Brattleboro Police Lt. Robert Perkins said Sunday at the scene around 2 p.m. "The Amtrak passenger train was coming south. As it approached the bridge (over the West River), it saw that there were two people on the bridge. The train tried to brake. Both subjects ran back southbound. One of the subjects got struck by the train."

According to Perkins, the train was stopping in Brattleboro. Starting in St. Albans, the train was on its "routine travels" heading to southern parts of the state. No passengers were hurt.

"The Amtrak has just been released and they're back on their way again," said Perkins.

Members of the Brattleboro Police Department, Brattleboro Fire Department and Rescue Inc. assisted at the scene. Their vehicles were parked off to the side of Putney Road near electrical equipment.

"This is an investigation that's going to be continuing with the assistance of the Amtrak authorities," he said.

More information is expected to come in a press release.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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