- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Police and transit officials say a commuter train struck a maintenance vehicle on the tracks in Silver Spring.

Montgomery County police spokesman Officer Rick Goodale says the crash was reported around 4:45 p.m. on Monday. He says MARC Brunswick Line train 875 hit a train maintenance vehicle that was on the tracks. He says 620 people were on board the train but there are no reports of injuries. Train traffic was stopped in both directions, and all other Brunswick Line trains were holding at Union Station in Washington.

Service on the Brunswick Line resumed about 7 p.m.

Battalion Chief Daniel Ogren, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman, said crews checked the train several times and found no one among the 620 passengers and crew members who was injured. One person who initially complained about being hurt refused to be taken to a hospital, Ogren said. The truck driver also refused treatment, he said.

The collision occurred at an at-grade crossing, Ogren said. The maintenance vehicle is owned by CSX and can operate on the road or on the tracks. It was in the process of attaching to the rails on an adjacent track when it was struck, he said.

Paul Shepard, spokesman for the Maryland Transit Administration, says the climate control is working on the train. The temperature was 94 degrees at Regan National Airport in Washington about the time of the collision, according to the National Weather Service.

Shepard says the Brunswick line has about 8,000 passengers per day. While travel on the line is suspended, he said, passengers can take the Metro to Shady Grove and then Ride On buses to other stations.

The MTA is adding buses to its 505 and 515 routes and MARC tickets will be honored.

Goodale says hazardous-material crews are on the scene cleaning up spilled diesel fuel and roads are closed in the area.

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