Person Struck, Killed on VRE Line
– October 10, 2012 3:00 pm
VRE train 325 will continue to Broad Run station in Manassas. VRE train 329 will stop at Burke Center station where buses will be waiting to pick up passengers.
OmniRide buses will honor VRE tickets presented at West Falls Church station on Metro’s Orange line. Additionally for passengers stranded on Manassas line VRE train 325: the commuter rail agency assures buses are still en route to Burke Center VRE station to offload stranded passengers.
However, VRE states it has another train available and it is approaching the stranded passengers from Manassas. That train will be able take on passengers from train 325 and bring them to Manassas.
A male described as a trespasser who wandered onto railroad tracks near Clifton was struck and killed by a Virginia Railway Express train.
The collision happened this afternoon and, according to VRE spokesman Mark Roeber, Fairfax County police have told the commuter rail agency the person who was struck has died.
The commuter railroad has already canceled five trains that normally ferry passengers from Washington’s Union Station to Broad Run; trains 327, 331, 336, 338, and 333. VRE said trains 329,325, and 337 will all run as scheduled.
Passengers aboard train 325 were stopped at Burke Center at 2:20 p.m. after reports came in someone on the tracks had been struck. Buses have been called to pick up stranded passengers on train 325 and take them to their destinations.
The commuter railroad has urged anyone planning to use the Manassas line tonight to find an alternate route home. VRE activated its Metro option and suggested riders opt to use the subway as an alternate means of getting home tonight.
This latest incident comes after body parts that were thought to be human were found along the rail line in Manassas Park last month. An investigation halted all service along the rail line.
The found body parts were later determined not to be human.