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Seven injured in MARC train crash in D.C.

February 07, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A small locomotive hit a commuter train at Union Station on Thursday, knocking the train's rear wheels off the track and injuring seven people, officials said.

MARC Train 419 from Baltimore was hit from behind about 10 a.m., dislodging two rear wheels, said Cheron Wicker, a spokeswoman for the Maryland commuter service. The train remained upright.

Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Romero said the MARC train was stopped when a small locomotive used to move the commuter train to a maintenance facility came in too fast and hit the train while passengers were deboarding. Both pieces of MARC equipment are operated by Amtrak, officials said.

Seven people were taken to the hospital after complaining of minor head and neck injuries, District of Columbia fire department spokesman Alan Etter said.

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No major service delays were expected following the accident, Amtrak officials said.

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