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Posted at 9:24 AM ET, 01/14/2011

81-year-old pedestrian killed by train

By Dan Morse

An 81-year-old man, who appears to have been crossing the tracks to catch a commuter train in Gaithersburg, was struck and killed Friday morning, officials said.

"Witnesses are saying that the gentleman was trying to cross the tracks," said Angela Cruz, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman.

The man lived only blocks away on Russell Avenue, officials said.

Police and rescue workers were called to the scene shortly before 8 a.m. The man was pronounced dead there, officials said.

The incident caused traffic congestion around the MARC train station at 5 South Summit Ave. in downtown Gaithersburg, officials said. MARC train service also has been affected.

By Dan Morse  | January 14, 2011; 9:24 AM ET
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