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Biddeford man struck, killed by Amtrak Downeaster train

Police say upon investigation, the conductor was not able to stop the train in time to avoid a collision which killed a 73-year-old Biddeford man
Credit: NEWS CENTER Maine

WELLS, Maine — A 73-year-old Biddeford man that was standing on the railroad track was struck and killed by the Amtrak Downeaster Monday, Biddeford Police said.

Amtrak said the man came into contact with train 683 on its way from Boston North Station to Brunswick.

Through further police investigation, it was determined the conductor saw a male subject standing on the railroad track. The conductor sounded the train's audible warning system numerous times. The conductor and was not able to stop the train in time to avoid a collision. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.  

The train was traveling at approximately 70 mph in the area. There were approximately 20 passengers on the train.  

The name of the deceased is not being released at this time as this is currently an open investigation.

Amtrak said this incident is a critical reminder to the public about the importance of exercising caution around railroad tracks and crossings. Each year, approximately 2,000 people are killed or injured in grade crossings and trespassing incidents nationwide.

For more railroad safety information, visit Operation Lifesaver’s website.