ME: South Portland Woman Killed by Amtrak Train

June 01--Amtrak officials have identified the woman who was killed by an Amtrak Downeaster train Saturday night in South Portland.

Nyla J. Howard, 39, of South Portland was killed at about 6:55 p.m. near Calvary Cemetery, a mile south of the Portland Transportation Center. The tracks run next to the cemetery. On Sunday morning there were no visible signs of the accident in the area.

Amtrak officials said Howard was trespassing on the tracks when she was struck by Train 698, which was heading south from Brunswick to Boston. There were no other injuries.

The crew on duty asked to be relieved and a new crew was called in to complete the route. Amtrak officials declined to comment on whether the crew members were impaired in anyway. There were 68 passengers on board.

Amtrak police are investigating, said Kimberly Woods, an Amtrak spokeswoman.

This was the second train fatality in southern Maine this year.

A man was killed by an Amtrak Downeaster train in what police believe was a suicide in Biddeford March 11. Last year Richard Cobb, 54, of Portland was killed by a freight train in Portland while walking along the tracks near Woodfords Corner Oct. 16.

Sean Page, 40, was hit by an Amtrak Downeaster train while walking on the tracks near his home in Biddeford on April 16, 2012. Police said he was wearing audio ear buds and did not hear the train.

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