Three dead after Amtrak train derailment

This Amtrak train derailed after hitting a vehicle on the tracks in Mansfield. (Photo: MBTA Transit Police)

MANSFIELD, Mass. (WPRI) – Authorities have increased to three the number of people killed after the SUV they were in was struck by an Amtrak train early Monday.

Gregg Miliote, spokesman for Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, said officials were working to identify the victims.

Investigators said two men and a woman were killed in the crash, during which the train may have been going well over 100 miles per hour.

“What we have is a very large crime scene,” said Mansfield Police Chief Ronald Sellon. “We have a very long extended investigation ahead of us, and we really can’t get into it too much beyond that point.”

None of the 180 passengers on board the Washington to Boston train were injured when it collided with the vehicle at about midnight.

Police said the vehicle wasn’t at a crossing, leaving a lot of unanswered questions as to how it got access to the rail line.

“It’s a heavily wooded area, as well as the swamp around there, which means that all of the equipment initially we had to carry in from the street – all the fire department equipment, the rescue equipment – and it’s easily a mile up the tracks without any easy access,” added Sellon.

An Amktrak spokesperson told Eyewitness News trains are operating between Boston and Providence. However, there are delays since trains are only able to operate on one track through Mansfield.

The spokesman would not comment on the condition of the conductor, but said he was not aware of any injuries to the passengers or crew.

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