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Pedestrian fatally struck by Amtrak train in Biddeford

Biddeford police said the pedestrian struck by the train, a 27-year-old female, died at the scene.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian versus Amtrak train crash that occurred on Main Street in Biddeford early Tuesday morning.

At about 5:44 a.m., the Biddeford Regional Communications Center received a report from an engineer on a southbound Amtrak train that a pedestrian had been struck south of the Main Street railroad crossing, a news release from Biddeford police said.

At 7:35 a.m., Amtrak said in a Twitter post the delay was caused by a "trespasser incident."

According to Amtrak, Downeaster Train 682 left Brunswick at 4:30 a.m. and stopped shortly after picking up passengers in Saco at 5:45 a.m.

Biddeford police said the southbound Downeaster train had 28 passengers on board when the incident occurred.

Oncoming traffic in the area was detoured because of the train being stopped on the railroad crossing.

A bus was sent to pick up any passengers who wanted to get off, but most of them opted to wait it out on the train, according to Amtrak authorities.

NEWS CENTER Maine's Hannah Yechivi was at the scene around 8:50 a.m. and spoke with an Amtrak worker who said another train was standing by and ready to go once the incident cleared up. The worker anticipated it would start operating within the next 30 minutes. 

Amtrak also sent out the service alert below:

Credit: Downeasteramtrack.com

Biddeford police in the release said the pedestrian struck by the train, a 27-year-old female, died at the scene. 

Lower Main Street in Biddeford near the intersection with Bradbury Street has reopened since the incident, police said, and the train has been released.

The investigation remains ongoing, and no further information regarding the pedestrian's identity will be released while the next of kin are being notified, Biddeford police said.

CSX and Amtrak workers assisted with the investigation at the scene.

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