Gruesome Discovery Halts VRE Trains for Hours
BURKE, Va. (CBSDC) — Virginia Railway Express trains experienced long delays after a body part was found inside a package near the tracks in Burke.
VRE was notified of the suspicious package beside the tracks shortly before 6 p.m. When officials called to report the package, police said they were already aware and were en route to the scene.
Police discovered the body part upon their arrival and promptly halted train service in the area.
Officials with the commuter train service cautioned passengers they could experience delays of up to two hours as the investigation unfolded.
As the Manassas City Police Dept. began their investigation, VRE scrambled to re-route trains and arrange alternate transportation for stranded passengers.
Some trains were able to return to Alexandria so passengers could get on the Metro or take a cab home. Other passengers were encouraged to get off in Burke and have a friend or family member pick them up.
VRE also arranged bus transportation for those passengers who were unable to find an alternate way home.
It was not immediately known exactly what body part was discovered. However, a VRE official told All-News 99.1 WNEW that it was reported as singular body part and not a head.
“In my 11 years, we’ve never had train service disrupted because a body part was found,” the official said.
Despite the long delays, some passengers were able to make the most of the situation.
“We have kind of a friendly crowd on the VRE,” said one passenger. “It’s not like Metro where people just stare forward and ignore you. We do a lot of chatting on the VRE.”
The train service says it expects to run a full Manassas line service on Thursday.