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Two people hit and killed by Amtrak Downeaster in Biddeford

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Published: May. 9, 2022 at 11:38 AM EDT
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BIDDEFORD, Maine (WMTW) - Two people have died Sunday morning after they were hit by an Amtrak train in Biddeford.

An Amtrak spokesperson tells WMTW News 8 that ‘individuals who were trespassing on the track’ were hit by the train east of Saco.

Police said 81 passengers were aboard the train that was headed from Boston to Brunswick when the incident occurred around 11 a.m.

According to Biddeford Police Chief Roger Beaupre, two people were laying on the tracks as the train approached.

They say based on video feed, the people sat up and hugged each other before being struck.

A passenger says crew on the train said over the intercom system that the train would have to stay until the investigation was finished, warning that it would be a couple of hours before that could happen.

There were no injuries reported of any passengers or crewmembers on board the train, and Amtrak is now working with the Biddeford Police Department to investigate the incident.

Amtrak trains in the area were impacted by delays roughly one hour behind schedule.

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