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Person struck and killed by Baltimore-bound MARC train

Update, 9:22 p.m.

Janet Bass, of Bethesda, was a passenger on the train that struck and killed a man Friday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. She said the Baltimore-bound train left Union Station at 2:20 p.m. Passengers reported hearing a large thud when the accident occurred not far from the Cheverly Metro Station.

She said around 5:40p.m., the train began moving — but passengers were offloaded at New Carrolton around 5:55 p.m. The train was apparently too damaged to continue service. The passengers boarded an Amtrak train and continued on their way, Bass said.

Update, 6:30 p.m.

Below, the scene from one of the Amtrak trains caught in today’s delay.


Update 6:05 p.m.

Prince George’s County Police say that train tracks have reopened at the site of a fatal collision in Capitol Heights, which delayed MARC and Amtrak trains. The victim was a man, but he has not been identified. Investigation is continuing.

Update: 5:25 p.m.

Officials with the Maryland Transit Agency said Penn Line MARC trains are beginning to move but are traveling at significantly reduced speeds. They do not have an estimate for when northbound trains will begin departing from Union Station.

Update 4:43 p.m.

A spokesman for the Maryland Transit Authority said they are sending five buses to transport passengers stranded on the train. Service on the Penn Line continues to be suspended.

Also note that Amtrak sent this update:


Update 4:14 p.m.

Amtrak service also has been suspended between D.C. and Baltimore due to police activity tied to the fatality near the Cheverly Metro station.


A Baltimore-bound MARC train struck and killed a person near the Cheverly Metro station Friday, officials said.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. The person was struck by a Penn Line MARC train. Train service in the area was temporarily suspended and investigators were on the scene, officials said.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.



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