Pedestrian struck and killed by Amtrak train in Northfield

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (WCAX) Authorities are investigating after a local man was hit and killed by an Amtrak train in Northfield Thursday morning.

It happened at about 10:40 a.m. in Depot Square in downtown Northfield. Witnesses told police they saw Scott Benoir, 56, attempt to cross the tracks at a designated pedestrian crossing. But they say he stumbled on a rail and fell down as the southbound train approached.

Police say the Northfield man was thrown or dragged about 88 feet and died at the scene. They say the train's operator was blowing the horn and attempted to stop, but was unable to avoid hitting him. "Trains don't stop on a dime," Northfield Police Chief John Helfant said.

The Vermonter 55 train was held at the scene for about three-and-a-half hours while about a dozen passengers waited outside. Amtrak officials say no passengers were injured.

In 2015, seven people were injured when the Amtrak Vermonter derailed in Northfield after a piece of ledge broke off and fell onto the tracks.