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Person Struck By Amtrak Train, Service Was Disrupted

Patch logo Patch 2/6/2020 Ellyn Santiago
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MADISON, CT — An Amtrak train struck a person on the tracks at around 5 a.m. in Madison.

Amtrak train number 66 is currently being held at Old Saybrook after the it struck a "trespasser."

In a statement emailed to Patch, Amtrak spokesperson Olivia Irvin said "an individual was trespassing on the tracks in Madison when they came into contact with Amtrak Northeast Regional train 66 at 5:10 am on its way from Washington, D.C. to New York."

Patch has asked for clarification given a train traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York would not pass through Connecticut.

Patch has asked for clarification given a train traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York would not pass through Connecticut. Spokesman Jason Abrams later said the train was traveling from Newport News, Virginia to Boston.

There were to "no injuries to the 35 passengers on board or crew members." The train was delayed for several hours. Amtrak Police are working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident," Patch was told.

At around 6:50 a.m., Amtrak tweeted that all trains traveling between New Haven and New London would have delays because of a "trespasser incident." Then 30 minutes later announced an Acela train number 2151 was also stopped at Old Saybrook.

As the incident is being investigated, Shoreline East, which had suspended service, has resumed operations between New Haven Union Station and Guilford but bus service is being provided from Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, and New London.

Passengers can expect service delays until further notice.

Amtrak added a "critical reminder about the importance of exercising caution around railroad tracks and crossings. Amtrak continues to work closely with Operation Lifesaver (OLI) to communicate these dangers."

Each year, about 2,000 people are killed or injured in grade crossing and trespassing incidents nationwide.

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