- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A fatal accident Tuesday morning involving an Amtrak train caused major delays that could stretch through the afternoon along the Northeast corridor.

The accident occurred at about 9 a.m. in Middle River, Md., east of Baltimore, when a Northeast Regional train from New York to Washington struck a teenage girl.

Train service was stopped until about 10:45 a.m., when Amtrak opened a single track, company spokeswoman Tracy Connell said.

All four tracks were reopened at 12:04 p.m.

The delays lasted roughly 90 minutes and stretched from Washington to Philadelphia. Northbound trains were held at Washington’s Union Station for nearly two hours while authorities investigated the accident.

The 14-year-old girl was killed while walking to school, authorities said. There were no injuries reported on the passenger train.

Ms. Connell said the midday reopening of the tracks would give Amtrak at least three hours to get trains back on schedule before the evening commute, but she urged passengers to check for delays before arriving at stations.

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