(Wilton, New York – September 23, 2017)
An as-yet unidentified 17-year-old boy, attempting to save his pet dog from being struck by a northbound Amtrak passenger train in the Saratoga County community of Wilton, NY Saturday at about 12:30 P.M., EDT, was struck a glancing blow by the train. The train was traveling on Delaware & Hudson Railroad tracks that pass on unfenced railroad right-of-way behind his home near Daniels Road and the Maple Avenue railroad overpass.
The youngster suffered head injuries and a broken wrist as he desperately tried to save his beloved pet. The train was traveling on the single track rail line that handles a daily average of 16 D&H freight and Amtrak passenger trains at a maximum allowable speed of 70 mph.
Police said the injured teen was transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital for treatment of what were called non-life threatening injuries. Sadly, the dog was killed by the Montreal, Quebec, Canada train carrying 95 passengers. None of the train’s passengers were injured in the incident.