2 hit by Amtrak train in DC, train service delayed

Posted at 6:15 AM, Jun 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 12:24:53-04

Two CSX employees died after being hit by an Amtrak train just north of Union Station in Washington D.C. around midnight Tuesday.

The incident suspended Amtrak service between D.C. and Philadelphia during the Wednesday morning rush hour. Service has resumed but Amtrak customers and riders traveling on MARC's Camden and Penn lines can expect major delays Wednesday as a result of the incident.

Transit officials in Maryland said in a statement that MARC train service will be severely impacted throughout the day with possible cancellations on some evening Penn Line trains. Officials said Wednesday morning that train delays on both lines range from five to 60 minutes.

The Metro is honoring all MARC tickets. Amtrak officials said customers should use or mobile apps to check the status of their trains. 

In a news release, Amtrak said a train traveling from Boston and New York was approaching Washington's Union Station around 11:18 p.m. when the two people on the tracks were hit. Amtrak says none of the train's passengers or crew were injured. Railroad company CSX confirmed  that the two people who died were CSX employees.

Emergency crews were called to the 1200 block of New York Avenue NE at 11:55 p.m. One railroad employee was taken to the hospital, according to D.C. Fire officials.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.