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Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 11:29 am | Updated: 4:15 pm, Tue Dec 6, 2011.

Richie Rathsack

WALLINGFORD - Police say a northbound Amtrak train bound for Springfield, Mass. struck and killed a woman walking on the train tracks Monday morning near the Meriden border.

About 11 a.m., the train engineer reported that his train struck a pedestrian walking on the tracks near the Meriden town line off of Old Colony Road, Wallingford police said. The adult woman was killed instantly, police say, when she was struck about a tenth of a mile south of the Meriden town line.

None of the 37 passengers and crew on the train were injured, according to Amtrak.

The train remained stopped just south of Gypsy Lane in Meriden as Wallingford, Meriden and Amtrak police investigate the incident. Police from the area set up through large stretches of the track, taking pictures and marking areas with spray-paint.

Police believe they know the identity of the woman , who is considered a trespasser in an Amtrak alert, and are working to positively identify her. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident remain ongoing, police say.

Amtrak service resumed operations about 1 p.m. after being shut down for nearly 2 hours, according to an Amtrak release. Wallingford police say the scene was turned over to Amtrak about 3 p.m.

Neighbors say people, including children, regularly walk on the train tracks in the area. Normally, the train passes through the area with a couple of quick horn blasts, but this morning there was one sustained blast, said one neighbor of noticing the difference in the normal routine. This marks the second death of a pedestrian in the area...


Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 10:06 am | Updated: 11:06 am, Mon Jan 9, 2012.

Richie Rathsack, Dan Ivers

WALLINGFORD - A Meriden man died Friday morning after being struck by a train near the intersection of North Colony Road and Yale Avenue.

Emergency crews gathered at the Mobil Station near exit 66 off the Wilbur Cross Parkway to access the scene just before 10 a.m. When they arrived, they found the man's body lying on the east side of the tracks just north of the gas station, beneath a Wilbur Cross Parkway bridge.
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Two Busted in Graffiti Incident

Two men arrested for tagging under I-91 overpass.

By Ben Lasman
May 31, 2011

The North Haven Police reported today that two men were arrested Friday for spray-painting graffiti under an I-91 overpass near Route 22.

An investigation led the police to believe the pair were responsible for creating a mural tagged on the the bridge wall.

Matthew Cxxxxxx, 20, of Wallingford, CT and Matthew Gxxxxxxx, 23, of Durham, CT were charged with criminal mischief in the second degree, and trespassing on railroad property.

A court date for the duo has been set for June 6.
UPDATE, October 17, 2012 - 10 p.m.: The man who was struck by a train has died, Metro-North officials said Wednesday night.

GREENWICH, Conn. — A man walking on the tracks near Davis Avenue in Greenwich was hit by a train at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Metro-North authorities said.

The man, who has not been identified, was still alive and rushed to Stamford Hospital.

New Haven Line service had been suspended while Metropolitan Transit Authority Police conducted an investigation. As of 9:45 p.m., service was restored to three of four tracks with residual delays of up to 45 minutes, the rail service said.
Pedestrian hit, killed by train in Enfield

ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a freight train in Enfield Wednesday afternoon.

The collision happened near the intersection of Parsons and Bridge streets around 4:45 p.m.

Residents in the area often see people crossing the tracks and on Wednesday night, they saw a person with a backpack cross them.

The person has not been identified until notification of next of kin.

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Police say "Watch'' graffiti artist in custody

Staff reports

Updated 12:59 pm, Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A man accused of being the "WATCH'' tagger is arrested in West Haven. Photo: West Haven Police, West Haven Police Department

A man police say has left his graffiti tag, "WATCH,'' on public buildings in several area towns, has been arrested for the fourth time.

Matthew Cxxxxxx, 22, of Wallingford, was charged with 12 separate counts of criminal mischief after his arrest by West Haven police on Monday. Cxxxxxx had been arrested a year ago in North Haven, Wallingford and New Haven for the same offense, said West Haven police spokesman Brett Schneider.

"In Wallingford he destroyed an unfinished hotel off off Exit 15 on I-91,'' Schneider said.

The suspect is being held on a $40,000 total bond. No arraignment date was available Tuesday.

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