A Metro-North worker was killed earlier today after he was struck by a New Haven to Grand Central Terminal train.

The accident victim has been identified as Robert Luden, of East Haven.

The 11:50 a.m. train had just pulled out of the New Haven station when the accident occurred off of Hood Terrace, where a new train station is being constructed.

Fifty-two year old Luden had worked for the railroad for the last 27 years.

Passenger, Michael Symolon of Farmington, said the train engineer blew the warning whistle very loudly as it approached the accident scene.

Symolon said he then heard a “very loud bang” just before he saw black soot coming out of the air conditioning vents.

Authorities have not said why Luden was on the tracks.

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