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MARC service disrupted when train strikes people

March 02, 2005

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - One person was killed and a second injured after they were hit by an Amtrak train just outside Washington at the peak of the evening commute Tuesday, Montgomery County officials said.

The incident closed the rails serving Amtrak, MARC commuter trains and CSX freight. The Chicago-bound Capital Limited train struck the trespassers just before 6 p.m., Amtrak spokeswoman Sarah Swain said. No one on the train was injured. It wasn't known what the people were doing on the tracks.

Hundreds of commuters from four MARC trains were asked to take Metro to the Shady Grove station where they could meet buses that would take them to their destinations. One of the commuter trains was held in Silver Spring, and three others were kept at Union Station in Washington, MARC spokesman Richard Scher said.

Metro and Montgomery County's Ride On provided buses starting at 8 p.m. Metro also honored MARC passes to help stranded passengers get home, Scher said.

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