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Members of the Brattleboro, Vt., Police Department and Fire Department responded to the railroad tracks a quarter-of-a-mile south of the North Bridge, for a report of a deceased person on the tracks. Amtrak confirmed that a "trespasser on the tracks" had been struck by the Vermonter traveling south at 1:25 p.m. on Friday.

BRATTLEBORO, VT. >> The Brattleboro Police Department has confirmed a body was found on the railroad tracks about a quarter-of-a-mile south of the North Bridge on Friday afternoon.

According to Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert, at 1:25 p.m. train number 55 of the Vermonter, traveling south, struck a "trespasser on the tracks." No crew members or passengers were injured. There were 83 passengers on board at the time of the incident and the train is currently holding until investigations at the scene are complete. All passengers and crew members will remain on the train until it is released by investigators.

The Brattleboro Police Department in the preliminary stages of identifying the deceased and secured the front and back of the train with yellow caution tape.

The Brattleboro Fire Department, The Brattleboro Police Department and Rescue Inc. responded to the scene.

This is the third person to be struck and killed on railroad tracks in Windham County since 2012. On Nov. 2, 2015, Nicholas O. Widomski, 26, of Brattleboro, died from injuries after attempting to cross the North Bridge where the West River meets the Connecticut River. A second man was struck and injured by the train.

On January 15, 2012, Eric Pratt, 15, of Vernon, was struck by a train en route to St. Albans, at about 5 p.m., at the Bemis Road train crossing near the Vernon Elementary School.

Maddi Shaw can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 275.



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