Elderly man struck and killed by Amtrak train

STAATSBURG – A pedestrian was killed Tuesday morning by a southbound Amtrak train south of the Rhinecliff train station.

Railroad spokesman Jason Abrams said the incident occurred around 9:22 a.m. when the person was struck by train 236 traveling southbound from Albany to New York City.

State Police have identified the victim as An V. Tran, 92, of Poughkeepsie, who was walking along the tracks when he was struck and killed.

A total of 229 passengers were aboard the train, none of whom were injured. No crew members were injured either.

Train 69 traveling northbound at the same time, was held at Poughkeepsie during the investigation.

Regular train schedules resumed around noontime.

Amtrak noted that about once every three hours in the US, either a vehicle or pedestrian is involved in a collision with a train. June is National Safety Month and Amtrak reminds the public of the importance of railroad safety. The railroad said motorists and pedestrians can take action to prevent injuries and fatalities from occurring this summer, as a result of high-risk behavior on or near railroad crossings and tracks.

Police from Amtrak, Village of Rhinebeck, and MTA, responded along with the New York State Department of Transportation, Hillside Fire Department, and Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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