Found Human Remains Halts VRE Commute
– September 19, 2012 8:00 pm
VRE says it will run regular service on its Manassas line Thursday. An announcement will be made at 4:30 a.m. if that decision changes.
MANASSAS PARK, Va. – Human remains were found today along railroad tracks in Manassas Park.
The discovery has prompted all service along Virginia Railway Express’ Manassas line to halt at Clifton as police investigate the situation.
VRE Manassas train 321 has stopped in the small Town of Clifton in Fairfax County, while other trains have been halted at VRE’s Burke Center Station. At least 21 OmniRide commuter buses have been dispatched to carry passengers who have been offloaded at these two stations, said VRE spokeman Mark Roeber.
Manassas line train 337 that was on its way to Manassas has returned to a VRE station in Alexandria where riders will depart the train and have an option to board Metro or use a taxi cab to get home.
A body part was found in a suspicious black package alongside the railroad tracks. VRE was tipped off about the discovery about 6 p.m., and railroad officials then called Manassas Park police who were already investigating the discovery, said Roeber.
Afterward, service on the Manassas line halted. Service on VRE’s Fredericksburg line which serves Stafford and Woodbridge has not been affected.