- The Washington Times - Friday, February 8, 2008

A train accident yesterday morning at Union Station injured seven passengers.

The incident occurred at 10:03 a.m. when a locomotive hit a MARC commuter train unloading passengers on the station’s upper level.

The MARC 419 Train was arriving from Baltimore and was hit from behind, knocking two wheels of a car off the track.

Alan Etter, spokesman for the D.C. fire department, said the injuries were minor. A female passenger apparently stumbled and hurt herself and the six others complained of head and neck pains. They were taken to hospitals for examination and treatment, Mr. Etter said.

MARC spokeswoman Karina Romero said the accident occurred when the locomotive arrived to move the MARC train off the tracks.

“It came in a little too fast,” she said.

Mrs. Romero said the accident did not suspend service to the station, which is a major Amtrak stop, and was not expected to cause delays.

Both pieces of MARC equipment are operated by Amtrak, officials said.

The small locomotive is used routinely to move train cars around the rail yard, Amtrak officials said.

Emergency responders were called at 10:07 a.m.

“We had to respond with a huge amount of resources” because of the fear of mass casualties, Mr. Etter said. “Thankfully, that did not resolve into a real serious response.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident and has requested information from Amtrak, MARC and the Federal Railroad Administration.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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