Amtrak train No. 175 struck the two men — one of whom was a conductor and a trainee — as they were checking on a problem with their train. NTSB officials said the CSX freight train had received an alert from the dispatch center that something was wrong with the wheels so the train stopped near Union Station.
The two crew members had gotten off to check and it was “at that operation that the accident occurred,” NTSB board member Earl Weener said.
The crash happened in an area where four sets of tracks come together — two of which are Amtrak’s and two of which belong to CSX. He said the CSX train was crossing over from one track to another and the Amtrak train, which had 121 passengers aboard — was coming on an adjacent track from Boston and New York and headed to Washington. The crash happened near New York Avenue and 9th Street Northeast, according to fire and rescue officials.
The Amtrak train was in the process of slowing down, NTSB investigators said, as it was coming into Union Station. Officials said they are looking at video, mechanical issues and other recorders for more details.
None of the Amtrak passengers were injured.
Amtrak said it is resuming train service between Washington and Philadelphia, but with trains traveling at restricted speeds out of Washington.
This comes after rail service had been suspended for almost 10 hours after two CSX workers, a conductor and a trainee, were struck and killed by an Amtrak train late Tuesday on tracks near Union Station in Washington.
There have been major delays for Amtrak and MARC rail riders throughout Wednesday morning’s commute. MARC service on the Penn and Camden lines was suspended earlier in the morning but has since resumed on a limited level.
Amtrak did not say when it will restore full service between Washington and Philadelphia.
Maryland transportation officials warned commuters that MARC rail service would be “severely impacted throughout the day with possible cancellations on some Penn Line trains.” Delays on those lines range from five minutes to up to an hour, officials said.
Metro is honoring MARC tickets.
Two CSX workers were struck and killed late Tuesday night by an Amtrak train on the tracks near Union Station in Washington, causing major delays for commuters along the Eastern Seaboard as Amtrak and MARC suspended some service.
Amtrak said it expects to restore service between D.C. and Philadelphia by mid-morning.
Few details were available Wednesday morning about what the workers were doing on the tracks when they were struck by the train at 11:18 p.m. Tuesday. The train, No. 175, travels between Boston and New York to Washington. The names of the two CSX workers haven’t been released, pending notification of family.
Early Wednesday, commuters along the Northeast Corridor faced major delays. Amtrak’s service between Washington and Philadelphia was suspended. On the MARC commuter rail, the Penn and Camden lines were temporarily suspended in the early-morning hours but later resumed limited service.
The Camden line was running to the Greenbelt Metro station and the Penn line was running to the New Carrollton stop.
CSX said in a statement the employees “tragically lost their lives when they were struck by an Amtrak train on the railroad tracks” near the intersection of 9th and New York Avenue in Northeast Washington.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating the deaths.
MARC commuter rail said it is starting to run limited service on its Penn and Camden lines after trains were suspended because two people were struck and killed along tracks near Union Station.
Trains on the Penn line will run to the New Carrollton Metro stop and on the Camden Line trains will run to the Greenbelt Metro stop. Passengers will then have to use Metro, which will honor their MARC tickets.
But passengers are warned that there will be major delays along the line.
Amtrak rail service between Washington and Philadelphia remains suspended.
The incident happened at 11:18 p.m. Tuesday when the two people were struck by the train. Amtrak said they were trespassing and that the incident is under investigation. They were struck by Amtrak train No. 175, which runs from Boston and New York to Washington, near the 1200 block of New York Avenue, roughly a mile and a half northeast of Union Station.
The roughly 120 passengers on the train were stuck for some time until another train came and they were transferred to it.
Original post at 5:25 a.m.
Commuters should expect major delays Wednesday morning after two people were struck and killed by an Amtrak train on the tracks near Union Station in Northeast Washington.
There is no Amtrak train service between D.C. and Philadelphia. And MARC train service on the Camden and Penn lines is suspended as well.
Part of New York Avenue in Northeast is also closed as a result of the incident.
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.
It is not known how long the delays will last.