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Body found along railroad tracks in Laurel

A body was found along railroad tracks in Laurel Tuesday night and it appeared that it was that of a young man who had been struck by a train, authorities said.

The body was spotted by a passerby about 7:30 p.m. alongside tracks used by MARC commuter trains as well as by CSX freight trains, according to Laurel police spokesman Pete Piringer.

The body was that of a male, Piringer said, but no age could be determined immediately. However, a spokesman for MARC said he had been told that the victim appeared to be between 18 and 25.

Piringer said the victim’s injuries were consistent with being struck by a train. But, he said, no witnesses had been found.

A spokesman for CSX said trains that had passed through the area were being inspected to determine whether they may have been involved.

Rail service in the area was shut down while the investigation was conducted.

The body was found near the 800 block of Lafayette Avenue, and Prince George’s County fire department spokesman Mark E. Brady said it was a place where people crossed the tracks to take a shortcut.

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