A person was hit and killed by an Amtrak Downeaster train Saturday night in South Portland. | News

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A person was hit and killed by an Amtrak Downeaster train Saturday night in South Portland.
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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A person was hit and killed by an Amtrak Downeaster train Saturday night in South Portland.

The person has been identified as 39-year-old Nyla J. Howard.

The South Portland Police Department responded to the incident behind Cavalry Cemetery Saturday night around 7:00 p.m.

68 passengers were on the Amtrak train at the time of the incident. However, no one was injured.

Amtrak said the train came into contact with the person at 6:55 p.m., one mile south of the Portland station.

The train has been identified as #698, which is the Amtrak Downeaster which travels between Brunswick, Maine, and Boston's North Station. The train resumed service at 9:20 p.m., operating two hours and 25 minutes behind schedule. The train was heading to Boston's North Station when the incident happened.

As a result of the death, train #695 was also operating two hours behind schedule Saturday night. This train travels to Brunswick, Maine.

Howard's death is considered to be an ongoing joint investigation between the South Portland Police Department and the Amtrak Police.


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