Pedestrian killed by Amtrak Vermonter identified

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UPDATE: A Vermont police department says a 56-year-old man was killed when he tripped and fell trying to cross railroad tracks in front of an oncoming Amtrak passenger train in Northfield.

Witnesses told Northfield police that Scott Benoir tried to get out of the way of the train, which was sounding its horn, but he was unable to. He was reported dead at the scene.

Jason Abrams, an Amtrak spokesperson, said the man was on the tracks illegally when he was struck about 10:38 am by the southbound Vermonter.

There were 32 passengers aboard the train, as well as the crew. There were no other injuries.

Amtrak referred questions to Northfield police, who are leading the investigation.

The train was delayed until about 1:45 pm. while the incident was investigated. Some passengers were rerouted onto other trains. 

In 2015, seven people were injured when the Amtrak Vermonters derailed in Northfield after a piece of ledge broke off and fell onto the tracks.

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