Fewer VRE trains will run this evening after teen struck by train

An earlier version of this post incorrectly named a VRE station. This version has been corrected.
Updated at 12:15 p.m.

Officials at Virginia Railway Express said the commuter railway will run four trains Wednesday afternoon and evening instead of the normal eight trains on its Manassas line after an early morning incident where a person was struck by a train and killed.

About 4,700 people, on an average weekday, ride the 16 trains that run in the morning and evening rush hour on VRE’s Manassas line.

Officials said about 350 riders were on the train early Wednesday morning when it struck the person. Those passengers were taken by shuttle buses to the West Falls Church Metro station.

At first, VRE officials said there would be two-hour delays on the line but later canceled all morning trains.

Fairfax County Police said it was teenage boy who was struck and killed by the train, but authorities were withholding the release of his name pending the notification of his relatives.

Updated at 7:54 a.m.

VRE said it brought in seven buses at its Manassas Park stop to help riders get around after it canceled its Manassas line service Wednesday morning following an incident in which a person was struck and killed by a train.

Earlier reports from a dispatcher at VRE identified the person who was struck as a woman. Fairfax County Police said they could not provide any details about the person at this time. A VRE spokesman did not immediately return a phone call seeking further details.

Updated at 7:32 a.m.

VRE said it is canceling all morning trains Wednesday on its Manassas line.

For this evening, VRE said it plans to run its trains on that line on an “S” schedule.

Officials at VRE recommended riders use Metro, which will honor VRE ticket holders.

Original 5:50 a.m.

VRE said its Manassas line trains are delayed about two hours Wednesday morning because a person was hit by a train.

Riders of VRE are encouraged to use Metro, as an alternative to the commuter rail.

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