Person hit, killed by Amtrak train that left Newport News

Posted at 10:24 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 22:24:39-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — An investigation is underway after one person was hit by an Amtrak train outside of Richmond Friday evening, CBS 6 in Richmond reports. 

Shortly before 8 p.m., a person trespassing on the tracks between the crossing of Mountain Road and Mill Road, 4 ½ miles north of the Richmond Station, was hit by Amtrak Northeast Regional train 66, which was traveling from Newport News to Boston.

The train was unable to stop in time, and the pedestrian was struck and pronounced dead on scene, according to Henrico Police.

There were no injuries reported to the 184 passengers on board or crew members.

All tracks currently closed to traffic, and trains 93, 85 and 97 are also experiencing delays as a result of the incident.

The Amtrak Police Department is cooperating with Henrico Police and Fire to investigate the incident.

Amtrak is reminding people to exercise extreme caution around railroad tracks and crossings.

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

This story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.

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