WASHINGTON — Two CSX workers died after a seven-car Amtrak train struck them just north of D.C.’s Union Station just before midnight Tuesday.
Amtrak said its trains will not be able to operate for the start of the Wednesday morning rush-hours between D.C. and Philadelphia because the tracks are closed as police investigate.
There are some cancellations along the Northeast Corridor.
Amtrak said customers should use Amtrak.com or mobile apps to check the status of their trains.
Commuters who use MARC could see disruptions and delays on the Penn and Camden lines.
MARC’s Penn Line service is suspended from Union Station to New Carrollton.
According to the Maryland Transit Administration:
“Southbound Camden Line trains will terminate at Greenbelt station for passengers to use Washington Metro Green Line into D.C. Northbound passenger will only have service from Greenbelt to points north.”
The Metro option is open for all Penn and Camden Line passengers.
After the accident, CSX released the following statement:
“CSX is deeply saddened to report that at approximately 11:50 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, June 27, two CSX employees tragically lost their lives when they were struck by an Amtrak train on the railroad tracks near the intersection of 9th Street and New York Avenue, N.E., in Washington, DC. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of our employees.
CSX management representatives responded to the scene to assist with the investigation of this tragic incident. At this time the names of the involved employees are being withheld out of respect for the privacy of their families.
In addition to the two people who died, D.C. Fire and EMS, D.C. Fire also tells WTOP a railroad employee was taken to the hospital.
The accident occurred near New York Avenue and 9th Street in Northeast.
It is not clear what the workers were doing or why they were struck by the train. A National Transportation Safety Board investigator is on the scene, but NTSB spokesman Christopher O’Neil said that does not necessarily mean an investigation will be launched.
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