Hudson Valley 360 reports on a New York City woman that was struck by a train in Greenport, tragically leading to her death.
The woman, 54 years of age, was walking north along railroad tracks Friday evening with an unidentified companion when she was struck by an Amtrak train traveling south along the tracks, about a mile and a half north of the Hudson Amtrak station, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The impact threw her into a nearby marsh.
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Columbia County 911 dispatched first responders from the Greenport Rescue Squad, firefighters from Greenport and Hudson, and a boat and dive team to the site after the companion reported the incident. A command post for the attempted rescue was set up at Dock and Front streets, although first responders had to use ATVs to reach the scene of the accident. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by the Columbia County Coroner.
Amtrak Train 64, en route from Niagara Falls to New York City, was the train that impacted the woman and was held up for several hours, as were several other Amtrak trains.
The accident is under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in association with Amtrak police, Columbia County EMS, and NY State Police.