Amtrak and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident
Two railroad employees were killed on Tuesday night after being hit by an Amtrak train at Union Station in Washington D.C.
Neither the train’s crew of the 121 passengers on board the train were injured.
Amtrak Train 175 from Boston to New-York was approaching Union Station at roughly 11:18 P.M on Tuesday evening. The two employees were struck on the tracks by the intersection of 9th Street and New York Avenue Northeast.
The employees worked for CSX Transportation, which issued a statement Wednesday morning regarding the incident.
“Our thoughts are with the families and friends of our employees . . . CSX management representatives responded to the scene to assist with the investigation of this tragic incident. At this time the names of the involved employees are being withheld out of respect for the privacy of their families.”
Incident under investigation
“Circumstances of the incident are under investigation. Amtrak will work with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and others to review the incident. Amtrak was particularly saddened that incident involved fellow railroaders employed by CSX.” Amtrak said in a statement issued Wednesday morning.
Initially, Amtrak spokesperson Mark Magliari stated the two individuals were trespassing in the area. CSX spokesperson Rob Doolittle confirmed Wednesday morning that the victims were in fact CSX employees.
Amtrak, CSX, and the D.C. Police Department are all working together to review the incident.
“Federal and local authorities say their investigation . . . is not yet complete. Therefore, Amtrak service between Washington and Philadelphia remains disrupted due to a temporary track closure,” Amtrak stated on its official website at 7 A.M Wednesday.
D.C. Fire and EMS both confirmed the incident on Twitter, stating: “Persons struck by train 1200 blk NY Ave NE. On scene with 2 deceased individuals. Dispatched 11:55 PM.”