Person is struck, killed by train in Greenbelt

April 17

Update, 10:15 p.m.:

MARC officials said in a web statement late Thursday that the Camden line will operate on a “S” schedule on Friday due to the rail accident.

“This reduction in service is necessary to due to Thursday evening’s incident near College Park resulting in a significant shortage of properly-rested crews for Friday’s service,” the statement read.

The Camden line runs between Union Station in the District and the Camden station in Baltimore.

Officials said trains 843, 842, 847, 850, 855 and 854 will not operate Friday.

Train 852 will operate and make all stops, the statement said.

Update, 9 p.m.:

CSX officials confirm that a CSX freight train, including two locomotives and 52 cars, struck a pedestrian about 7:15 p.m., said Gary Sease, a company spokesman. The train was travelling from Jacksonville, Fla., FL to New Jersey at the time of the accident. Officials don’t know why the person was on the tracks, Sease said.

The two crew members on the freight train were not injured and were talking with police investigators in Greenbelt, he said.

Earlier:

Maryland authorities are investigating the death of a person hit by a train near the Greenbelt Metro station Thursday evening, officials said.

The incident happened on the MARC tracks near the station just before 7:30 p.m. and firefighters confirmed that one person died at the scene, said Mark Brady, a Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman.

It was not immediately clear whether the person was struck by a freight train or a commuter train. However, MARC officials alerted passengers that MARC Train 854 “terminated service at College Park due to a freight train involved in striking a trespasser,” according to the MARC website.

Greenbelt Police officials said at least three trains were stopped in the area as authorities investigated the incident.

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Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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