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Several People Hurt After Train Hits Bus in Pr. George's

Several people were injured this afternoon when a MARC train apparently struck a Metro bus at the Riverdale Park train station, causing it to hit another bus, a Metro spokeswoman said today.

Metro spokeswoman Candace Smith said the train struck the rear end of an F4 route bus headed to New Carrollton just before 4:30 p.m. The bus then collided with another F4 bus headed to Silver Spring. Another Metro spokeswoman, Angela Gates, initially said there had been no collision with the train and that the bus had been hit by the gate blocking the train crossing and then rear-ended by another bus.

According to news reports, Prince George's County fire spokesman Mark Brady said six people suffered minor injuries and paramedics were evaluating the condition of about 40 passengers aboard the train and the buses. The Metro spokeswomen had no further information about the injuries.

All of MARC's Camden Line service has been suspended, and MARC is running shuttle buses between Riverdale Station and Camden Station in Baltimore.

-- Nelson Hernandez

By Mike McPhate  |  March 26, 2009; 5:02 PM ET
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Did anyone notice that the bus drivers were outside of their buses talking whilst the buses were straddling the line?


Posted by: bs2004 | March 27, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Marc did not provide shuttle service from Riverdale to Camden - nor did they announce anywhere that Metro was honoring our tickets. No one on the Train was evaluated - I have to wonder if this reporter actually went to the scene! Train service resumed at approximately 6pm.

Posted by: Dimples91173 | March 27, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

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