CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man is dead after being struck by the Amtrak Downeaster train in Dover.

Dover police are not releasing the identity of the 50-year-old man, saying family members are still being notified. They did say he is a Dover resident.

Lt. Brant Dolleman said the southbound train tried to stop but couldn’t before striking the man just north of the Washington Street overpass at 2 p.m. on Thursday. The man was alive at the scene but died minutes after arriving at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.

Dolleman said it is dangerous but not uncommon for pedestrians to use the tracks as a shortcut.

Dover police and Amtrak officials are investigating the accident. The train, which makes five trips daily between Portland, Maine and Boston, was delayed in Dover for an hour.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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