WAMU 88.5 : News

Pedestrian Struck By Freight Train In Gaithersburg

Play associated audio
A CSX freight train of the kind that struck a pedestrian in Gaithersburg, Md. on Friday.
Armando Trull
A CSX freight train of the kind that struck a pedestrian in Gaithersburg, Md. on Friday.

Delays abounded on the rails in the Gaithersburg, Maryland area this morning. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue say they were dispatched to the 700 block of Oakmont Avenue in Gaithersburg around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning for a pedestrian struck by a CSX freight train.

"A Hispanic male was walking along the eastbound tracks of track one when an eastbound train was approaching the station and clipped the young man's arm," explains Dan Lane with the Gaithersburg Police Department. "Per their policy, as they approach stations, they are to sound their airhorn to let pedestrians know that they are coming, and they did so. This young man was wearing earphones in the ears and was unable to hear the train."

That victim was transported to a nearby hospital. He is suffering from serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The Montgomery County police are investigating the accident, which delayed both freight and MARC service for about 30 minutes in this part of Gaithersburg. Officials say service is now back to normal.

NPR

Colombia's La Momposina Sings A Tangled Social History

On this week's Alt Latino, we spend time with an album from Colombian singer Totó la Momposina. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Felix Contreras about Tambolero.
NPR

'Oleogustus' Is The Newly Discovered Taste, And Boy, Is It Bad

There's a new, sixth taste for humans: the taste for fat. But Rick Mattes of Purdue University tells NPR's Rachel Martin to think less yummy ice cream, more rancid food.
NPR

Obama To Detail Tougher Plan To Fight Climate Change

President Obama will unveil climate change regulations Monday, expected to set tougher limits on coal than previously proposed. NPR's Scott Horsley previews the announcement with host Rachel Martin.
NPR

Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.