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Updated: Amtrak Train, Tractor Trailer Collide in Downtown Gaithersburg

One person was injured during the Monday evening collision

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The scene of Monday night's collision between a truck and an Amtrak train in downtown Gaithersburg

MONTGOMERY COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES

Updated at 10 p.m. Monday: One person was injured when an Amtrak train collided with a tractor trailer stuck on the tracks Monday evening at a railroad crossing near the Montgomery County fairgrounds in downtown Gaithersburg, according to authorities.

Daniel Ogren, acting public information officer for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, reported the crash occurred near the intersection of Chestnut Street and East Diamond Avenue shortly before 5 p.m.

The scene of a collision between an Amtrak train and a tractor trailer at a railroad crossing in downtown Gaithersburg. Credit: MCFRS

The train’s 157 passengers were triaged and removed from the train. One passenger suffered nonlife-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital, the fire and rescue service reported at about 6:30 p.m.. One home was struck during the crash, but no one was injured.

The red cab of the truck bore a sign for Paranormal Cirque, a traveling show featuring theater, cabaret and acrobatics that was scheduled to run from Thursday through Sunday at the fairgrounds.

 

Debris from the collision of the Amtrak train and a tractor trailer truck. Credit: MCFRS

A “significant diesel fuel leak” from the front of the train was contained, authorities said. Maryland Transit Administration reported both tracks were blocked as of 5:15 p.m. All train traffic, including MARC, CSX and Amtrak was shut down. The train was traveling from Washington, D.C., to Chicago.

Around 8 p.m., MCFRS spokesman Pete Piringer tweeted that MARC train service as resuming, single-tracking on the southbound train around the Amtrak train. The train’s occupants, who had been sheltered at the agricultural center at the fairgrounds, were expected to reboard the train, with its one working engine, and head to Pittsburgh.

No further information was available.

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