Two Killed When MARC Train Collides With SUV

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BALTIMORE (CBSDC/AP) — Two people have died after the SUV they were riding in was hit by a MARC train in Baltimore early Tuesday morning.

About 20 people were on-board the commuter train around 6:20 a.m. when it struck the vehicle at a rail crossing in the 2300 block of Hollins Ferry Road, according to Baltimore Police.

One person inside the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene. Another was taken to the hospital where they later died, officials say. Baltimore City Police say one of the dead was a 23-year-old woman and the other was a 38-year-old man. Their names were not released.

A spokesman with the Maryland Transit Administration says initial reports are that the SUV “went around” a gate at the railroad crossing. The train was headed to Washington’s Union Station.

No train passengers were injured in the collision, police confirm.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

The MARC commuter rail service is running fewer trains due to Tuesday’s wintry weather.

The MTA said its Camden Line between Washington and Baltimore is running on an abbreviated “S” schedule. The number of trains in each direction is reduced from nine to six.

On the Brunswick Line, MARC is canceling its westbound afternoon train No. 879. That train normally departs Washington at 5:40 p.m.

The agency says passengers will be able to take train No. 871, departing Washington at 1:30 p.m., all the way to Martinsburg, W.Va. That train normally terminates in Brunswick.

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