A high-speed Amtrak struck a person walking along the tracks in the Bronx Wednesday, police said.
The train a Boston-bound Amtrak Acela Express hit the victim near Bryant and Garrison Aves. in Hunts Point just after 7:15 p.m., authorities said
Medics took the victim to Lincoln Hospital.
None of the 197 people on the train were injured, Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said.
It was freaking nuts, said one passenger, a 30-year-old salesman who only gave his first name, Adam. We felt a bad bump while moving and the train started to slow rapidly. Then it jolted and came to a sudden stop.
Moments later, a conductor announced over the train’s speakers, We’ve struck a person. We’re going to be here for a while and we need to wait for the coroner, Adam recounted.
The train left Penn station at about 7 p.m., he said.
We were told the body was removed from the tracks around 8:20 (p.m.), Adam added. With all the bad press going on, we rolled our eyes, like, again, seriously, guys?
On Tuesday, an Acela Express train headed from Washington, D.C. to Boston, broke apart near Havre de Grace, Md. Two cars separated after a mechanical failure, but no one was injured, Amtrak officials said.
On Sunday, an Amtrak train struck a freight train parked on the tracks in South Carolina, killing two and injuring more than 100.
Last Wednesday, a chartered Amtrak train taking GOP legislators to a Republican policy retreat in West Virginia slammed into a garbage truck, killing a passenger inside the truck.
In December, three passengers died, and 62 others were injured, when an Amtrak Cascades train going more than 50 mph over the speed limit derailed on its inaugural run near DuPont, Wash.
With Dan Rivoli