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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 02/10/2011

Amtrak train strikes person

By Washington Post Editors

6:55 p.m. Update: Michael Dresser of The Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore County police say the man hit by an Acela Express Thursday was wearing headphones as he crossed the tracks and failed to hear the train.

The man was still alive late Thursday, police told The Sun.

A 14-year-old wearing earphones died last year after being hit by an Amtrak train.

12:40 p.m. Update: A passenger reports that Acela 2110 is now on the move.

12:34 p.m. Update: A passenger aboard Acela 2110 says that train is still holding but that trains have started to pass their position.

Michael Dresser of The Baltimore Sun reports on the Getting There blog that authorities say one person was transported to the Shock Trauma Center at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Authorities told the Baltimore Sun that the victim is "not deceased."

12:25 p.m. Update: Amtrak spokeswoman Danelle Hunter says Amtrak is continuing service through the area at restricted speeds.

MTA spokesman Terry Owens says Penn Line service has been restored.

12:07 p.m. Update: MARC and Amtrak train service between BWI Rail Station and Baltimore was suspended Thursday morning about 11:30 a.m. after a New York-bound train struck a person.

Amtrak spokesman Danelle Hunter said Acela No. 2110 hit a person about 11:27 a.m. The train was carrying 127 passengers, and no injuries were reported to passengers or train crew, she said. The condition of the person struck was unclear.

"We are not operating service [in the area] right now," Hunter said.

Maryland Transit Administration spokesman Terry Owens said two MARC trains are currently holding, 418 and 425.

"We are working on a bus bridge from BWI station to Penn Station" in Baltimore, he said.

Amtrak had no estimate of when service might resume, but authorities are on the scene. It was unclear if both northbound and southbound Amtrak service was suspended, but Hunter is checking.

A passenger aboard the Acela says passengers could tell that the train had something, but it was not apparent from the impact what specifically had happened. The passengers are being told that the train is "holding for police activity." There are reportedly no southbound trains passing the stopped Acela.

Original post: The Maryland Transit Administration reports that MARC train service has been suspended between BWI and Baltimore due to a report of an Amtrak train striking a person.

Amtrak and MTA spokesmen were not immediately available to comment.

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By Washington Post Editors  | February 10, 2011; 11:52 AM ET
Categories:  Amtrak  | Tags:  Amtrak, MARC  
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