A pedestrian was struck and killed by an Amtrak Downeaster train in Exeter Thursday morning in an apparent death by suicide.

The incident involving Amtrak Downeaster 681 happened on the CSX tracks at the Front Street crossing just south of the Exeter train station, according to Amtrak. The train left Boston's North Station at 8:50 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Exeter at 10 a.m. Its final destination is Brunswick, Maine, at 12:10 p.m.

Witnesses told investigators from Exeter and Amtrak Police that the man appeared to take his own life. His identity was not disclosed, pending notification of family.

None of the 70 passengers and crew on board were injured, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told Seacoast Current. Passengers continued their trip via chartered bus after a two-and-a-half hour delay.

Amtrak expected a "lengthy delay" while a preliminary investigation takes place.

If you feel you or someone you know may be in crisis call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline by dialing 988, New Hampshire Rapid Response at 833-710-6477 and NH988.com or the Portsmouth Regional Hospital crisis-suicide hotline at 603-433-5370.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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