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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/ 5/2010

Train collision at Union Station

By Washington Post editors

An engine pulling private cars collided with a MARC train near Union Station on Friday morning, injuring three Amtrak employees and two occupants of the private rail car, an Amtrak spokesman said.

Both MARC and Amtrak, which operates MARC service on the Penn line between Baltimore and Washington, temporarily suspended service on the line. But by 10:30 a.m. spokesmen for both said service had resumed, though with delays.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the low-speed collision occurred shortly after 9 a.m. when an unloaded MARC commuter train and a private railcar were changing tracks at Washington Union Station.

Pete Piringer, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman, said several cars on the trains derailed off the tracks but remained upright, and there was no fire or danger from hazardous materials. The NTSB is reviewing details of the incident but hasn't made a decision on whether it will investigate.

Read more details about this accident on Dr. Gridlock.

-- Washington Post staff and wire reports

By Washington Post editors  | November 5, 2010; 10:44 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  
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