Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Amtrak: 2 people struck on train tracks in Washington

Amtrak: 2 people struck on train tracks in Washington Amtrak: 2 people struck on train tracks in Washington
Nellie Chapman | 29 June, 2017, 08:59

The two workers were near the tracks when the train struck them near New York Avenue NE, a spokesperson for D.C. Fire and EMS confirmed to NBC.

"Federal and local authorities say their investigation.is not yet complete", Amtrak said on its website at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

There were no reported injuries to any passengers or crew members.

"We have few definitive facts at this early stage", Mr. Weener said.

The railroad posted the following statement on its website at 9 a.m.: Amtrak service between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia is resuming.

The area where the employees were struck has two tracks that belong to CSX and two that belong to Amtrak, Weener said. Mr. Weener said the devices are positioned every 25 miles or so. A train was coming from Boston and NY. A conductor and a trainee got out to investigate, while an engineer remained on the freight train.

The Amtrak train was in the process of slowing down when the accident occurred, according to the NTSB, and the engineer was in charge of operating its controls as opposed to an automatic process.

The incident severely disrupted rail service between Philadelphia and Washington.

The CSX train, which was headed to Washington from Baltimore, received an alert sometime before 11:30 p.m. about a possible problem with the locomotive's wheels. Some trains crept out of Union Station almost three hours late.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told WUSA passengers stayed on the train for several hours before being transferred to another train and taken the rest of the way to Union Station. She waited in a line at an Amtrak counter that snaked through the departures hall, but said the clerk had little information about when her train would leave.