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Edison: Amtrak Train Hits Person Near Station

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The Amtrak Acela Express. Credits: Amtrak/Chuck Gomez
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EDISON, NJ – An Amtrak Acela Express train going from Washington D.C. to Boston struck a person near the Edison train station on Plainfield Avenue Sunday night, officials said.

Amtrak Spokesman Mike Tolbert said the incident took place around 7:20 p.m. when the Acela Express number 2262 was traveling north on the Northeast Corridor line to Boston.

Tolbert said the train hit a person near the Edison Station at 400 Plainfield Avenue, but could not provide details on the individual or their condition.

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He said the train is being held at the station and that passengers have been removed to other trains to continue their journeys.

No passengers or Amtrak staff were injured during the incident, he said.

Train 2262 was an extra service added due to the extra volume of holiday travelers that left Washington at 5 p.m. and its next stop was Metro Park at 7:22 p.m., he said.

He could not say how fast the train was going at the time of the accident, but did say it was not scheduled to make a stop at the Edison station.

The Acela service is a high-speed route that takes passengers from the nation’s capital to New York City in around three hours and six hours to Boston, according to Amtrak.

The trains can travel up to 150 m.p.h. on some parts of the route with limited stops, according to Amtrak.

Edison Police Lt. Robert Dudash referred all questions to Amtrak and New Jersey Transit Sunday night.

We will update this story when more information becomes available.

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