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Man struck, killed by Amtrak train in Md.

5:11 PM, Dec 22, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Amtrak service along the Northeast corridor including Washington has been restored Saturday night, following a fatal accident involving Amtrak train 168. 

A person was hit and killed by the train Saturday around 4:30. The name of that victim has not yet been released and Amtrak officials are simply describing them as a "trespasser." It happened just north of Aberdeen, Maryland in Harford County.

The delays were felt down at Union Station all evening Saturday. We found at least 3 trains had been delayed, although a spokesperson for Amtrak wouldn't say if those delays were due to the accident, or something else.

The train involved in the accident was delayed for more than 2 hours, and started running once again en route to Boston and then New York, around 7 p.m. A man on board Train 168, Dan Berger, talked to WUSA9 about his experience during the incident. 

"At 4:30 we came to a standstill, then they just said there was an investigation," said Bergman. "At the time, there were 300 passengers on board. "About a half hour later, they said the guy committed suicide and jumped right in front of the train as soon as it arrived."

Unfortunately, incidents like this are not uncommon around the holidays. "I overheard the engineer say this is the 4th time it's happened to him," said Bergman.

"We are just sitting on our bum," said Cameron Brown, a delayed traveler waiting at Union Station. "They said there were equipment problems, we got told 5 minutes, it's been an hour now."

Before heading out to catch a train, check Amtrak.com to see the status.

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