Amtrak Locomotive Hits MARC Train, Injuring 7

Friday, February 8, 2008

The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into a crash yesterday at Union Station involving a MARC train and an Amtrak locomotive.

A MARC commuter train arriving at Union Station from Baltimore was struck by a rail yard locomotive, slightly injuring seven people, according to Alan Etter, spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS. Amtrak officials described the injuries as "bumps and bruises.''

The six-car MARC train 419 had come to a stop at its usual platform at 10:03 a.m. yesterday when an Amtrak locomotive assigned to move the train's locomotive to a maintenance facility "came in too fast" and hit the train while passengers were disembarking, according to Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Romero.

The force of the crash derailed two wheels of one of the passenger cars.

Cliff Black, an Amtrak spokesman, said locomotives and trains are routinely moved around the train yard for maintenance or other positioning.

NTSB officials said they have requested information from Amtrak, MARC and the Federal Railroad Administration.

-- Eric Weiss

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