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Posted at 5:32 PM ET, 05/ 5/2010

Man struck by train in Germantown

By Washington Post editors

A man was struck by a train and seriously injured Wednesday afternoon, near a housing complex in Germantown, authorities said.

Just before 5 p.m., rescue crews were called to the 18600 block of Waring Station Road for the report of a pedestrian being struck by a train, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a fire department spokesman. Rescuers worked with residents and police and found the man near Bent Willow Circle, a road in a housing complex near the railroad tracks.

The man was conscious but had sustained multiple fractures. His injuries were described as serious and potentially life threatening, Garcia said.

No further details about the cause of the incident could be immediately learned.

-- Clarence Williams

By Washington Post editors  | May 5, 2010; 5:32 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  Germantown Montgomery County Maryland, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Police  
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I keep telling these gotta watch out for those trains...they are tricky fellas...they will come right by and hit you for sure if you don't get OFF THE TRACKS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: pentagon40 | May 5, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Darwin at work here.... people who walk on train tracks and get hit by trains... morons.... best that their seed is removed from the gene pool...

life is tough... it's tougher when you are stupid...

Posted by: kglkgl06 | May 6, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Is someone walking along privately owned railroad tracks really a "pedestrian?" A trespasser would be more apt; additionally, CSX should sue this imbecile for damages - halted tarffic, goods, passage, etc.

Posted by: CubsFan | May 6, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

CubsFan, I ride the MARC trains to/from DC that go through there. The messages that MARC sent us about the incident yesterday afternoon did say that a trespasser was struck by an Amtrak train, and this was the same on MARC's website. MARC is owned by CSX, so the Post reporter probably changed the wording.

By the way, for anyone not familiar with the area, the train tracks there are not exactly easily accessible by road in that area, this person was running around through the woods, and even at that, the tracks are kind of in a little gully running through the woods, he didn't just accidentally wander too close to the tracks.

Posted by: PrincessPolish | May 6, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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