WASHINGTON, DC — Two CSX rail workers were struck and killed late Tuesday by an Amtrak passenger train in Washington, D.C., officials said.
CSX issued a statement Wednesday that said the workers were on tracks near the intersection of Ninth Street and New York Avenue when they were struck just before midnight. The railroad didn’t identify the workers to respect the privacy of their families.
The southbound Amtrak train from Boston and New York to Washington’s Union Station struck the pedestrians about 11:18 p.m., according to Amtrak.The two CSX workers were found dead at the scene, DC Fire and EMS tweeted Tuesday night.
CSX issued a statement Wednesday saying that management officials traveled to the scene to assist the investigation.
Amtrak said there were no injuries on board the train, which was carrying a crew and 121 passengers. Passengers remained on the train for several hours, but were eventually transferred to another train and taken the rest of the way to Union Station, said Marc Magliari, spokesman for Amtrak.
Amtrak service between Washington and Philadelphia was temporarily suspended for the investigation, and was expected to be restored by mid-morning Wednesday.
Amtrak train kills two railroad employees in downtown Washington, DC
by Anna Giaritelli | Jun 28, 2017, 7:53 AM
Two railroad employees were killed late Tuesday when an Amtrak train hit them near downtown Washington, D.C., as it was on its way to Union Station.
The D.C. Fire Department was called to the 1200 block of New York Avenue NE just before midnight on Tuesday to deal with the incident. The two people were pronounced dead at the scene.
The National Transportation Safety Board was on site early Wednesday morning investigating the incident and confirmed the two deceased people were CSX Freight Trains workers. Their names have not been released. Metropolitan Police Department officers and local fire officials are assisting the NTSB with its probe.
Amtrak has suspended all service, including Marc trains, between Philadelphia and Washington until further notice.
NTSB is investigating two trains in connection with the incident. Amtrak Train 175 had originally embarked from Boston to New York and was on its final leg of the journey, just a mile from Union Station, when it hit the two employees.
A CSX train going the same direction behind the Amtrak train is also being investigated for its possible role in the accident. No passengers or Amtrak employees were hurt, but one employee was taken to a local hospital for a checkup