Amtrak: Branford woman, 22, killed in train accident

Alexandra Trippodo, 22, of Branford, has been identified as the person struck by an Amtrak train Saturday afternoon, an official said.

BRANFORD — A 22-year-old town resident was killed Saturday when she was struck by an Acela train, an Amtrak spokeswoman said Sunday.

Alexandra Trippodo, 22, was killed in the accident, which occurred east of the New Haven station around 1:10 p.m. Saturday, according Beth Toll, a spokeswoman for Amtrak.

Branford Public Schools Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez confirmed Sunday that Trippodo was a paraprofessional at Francis Walsh Intermediate School.

“Her untimely passing is very very sad,” Hernandez said. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the family,” he added.

Toll said Branford and Amtrak police investigated the accident, which suspended rail service in the Shoreline area Saturday afternoon.

The Acela train was traveling from Washington to Boston and was just east of New Haven when it struck Trippodo, Toll said.

Chris Marcotrigiano, a passenger on the Acela who was headed to Boston from New York, said the train was traveling at a “normal speed” after departing New Haven on Saturday when it “began to rapidly decelerate.”

Toll said there were “no reported injuries” to the 137 passengers and crew members.

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