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UPDATED: Person fatally struck by train in Gaithersburg

Police say it appears to have been suicide in this case and in June fatality

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This story was updated at 10:50 a.m. Oct. 5, 2021, to include that police believe the two deaths were by suicide.

A person was struck and killed by a train Sunday evening in Gaithersburg, according to a Montgomery County Fire & Rescue official.

Shiera Goff, the director of public information for Montgomery County police, wrote in an email on Tuesday morning that it appeared to have been suicide and that police are not releasing the person’s name.

The person was struck around 9 p.m. in the area of Deer Park Road, Fire & Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer posted on Twitter. The person died at the scene and was not taken to the hospital, he wrote.

Two CSX freight trains were stopped near the scene of the crash, Piringer wrote.

This is the second fatality this year in which someone was hit by a train in Montgomery County. In June, a person was struck by a CSX freight train near an overpass in Gaithersburg.

Goff wrote in an email on Tuesday that the June fatality also appears to have been suicide.

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Warning sides of suicide:

• Talking about wanting to die
• Looking for a way to kill oneself
• Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
• Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
• Talking about being a burden to others
• Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
• Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
• Sleeping too little or too much
• Withdrawing or feeling isolated
• Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
• Displaying extreme mood swings

If someone exhibits warning signs of suicide:

• Do not leave the person alone
• Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
• Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TALK) or
• Montgomery County 24 Hour Crisis Center at 240-777-4000
• Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from medical or mental health professionals

Source: Reportingonsuicide.org; Montgomery County 

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com