Va. Woman Struck, Killed By VRE Train Near Burke

Updated: Jan. 15, 2014 4:40 p.m.
Original: Jan. 15, 2014 7:35 a.m.

BURKE, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — A woman has died after being struck by a Virginia Railway Express train Wednesday morning.

Authorities say 22-year-old Danyelle Lynn Anderson of Manassas was hit by southbound VRE train near the Burke station around 7 a.m. She was pronounced dead soon after, according to Norfolk Southern, the company that owns the stretch of track where the collision occurred.

Officials say they don’t know if dense fog in the area was a contributing factor in the collision.

The train was headed southbound from D.C. to Manassas. An official reports says the engineer saw a pedestrian walking across the tracks from left to right just as the train passed the Burke station and rounded a slight curve. The engineer immediately applied the emergency brake and sounded the horn.

It is unclear why Anderson was on the tracks, but police say the death was accidental.

VRE riders experienced significant delays as a result of the fatal strike. Trains 330 and 332 have been cancelled and the commuter parking lot at Burke Centre has also closed, according to Fairfax County Police.

Passengers are being urged to consider alternate transportation. Metro will honor VRE tickets.

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