Two people were struck by an Amtrak train and killed late Tuesday night in Northeast Washington, authorities said.
An Amtrak spokesman said the two were hit about 11:20 p.m. The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services department said in a Twitter message that both of those killed died at the scene, near the 1200 block of New York Avenue.
A second fire department tweet said a third person was being taken to a hospital for a checkup, and described that person as an “RR employee.” But no information could be obtained about what railroad was referred to or what connection the third person may have had to the two people who died.
“There were two people in the path” of the train, said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari. But he said no information was available about who they were or why they were there.
That, he said, would be part of the investigation of the incident.
He said he expected D.C. police to have the principal role in the investigation, with Amtrak assisting.
The site of the incident is about a mile and a half northeast of the station. It is near the campus of Gallaudet University and close to the Ivy City and Brentwood neighborhoods.
One passenger on train 175 said he felt some sort of impact just before the train stopped. No one on the train was reported injured.
The train involved operates daily from Boston and New York to Washington. It halted on the tracks at the site of the incident for some time, passengers said. They said a second train was brought to the scene early this morning. They were transferred to it, and reached Union Station around 2:30 a.m.
Amtrak said about 4 a.m. Wednesday that train 175 was carrying 121 passengers when the incident occurred. The passenger railroad said there were “ no injuries to that train’s crew” or to the Amtrak passengers.