Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Amtrak employee struck by train in New Carrollton

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An Amtrak employee is in critical condition after being struck by a train early Wednesday morning near the New Carrollton Metro Station.

Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Romero said the employee was struck about 5:08 a.m. County fire and EMS spokesman Erroll W. George described the employee as a 35-year-old man. Romero does not know what the man was doing at the time he was struck and said that is still under investigation.

"We haven't made a determination yet, but all the evidence points so far that it was an accident," Romero said.

Romero said there are 15- to 30-minute delays on Amtrak lines, but they should be back on schedule by lunchtime.

MARC commuter rail service is restored and there are no delays. MARC and Amtrak share rails. Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said the New Carrollton station honored MARC tickets for commuters traveling to Washington, D.C., for work when train service was suspended early in the morning.

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