A teenage male has died after being struck by a westbound Amtrak train.
Montgomery County Police and Fire Rescue units were called to the area of Boyds Market near the Boyds MARC Train Station at about 4:45 pm Monday evening for the report of a pedestrian being struck by a train.
Upon arrival, MCFRS found a boy with a traumatic injury in the track bed about 100-yards north of the MARC station in Boyds. He succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter. Police have identified the boy as John Martin DeReggi Jr., age 16, of the 20700 block of Slidell Road in Boyds.
Police reported that the boy, the initial investigation has revealed that the DeReggi was walking along the tracks with two other teenagers when, for reasons still under investigation, he went on the tracks and into the path of a northbound Amtrak train. Montgomery County Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
He was struck by an Amtrak train out of Washington; the Capitol Limited headed to Pittsburgh carrying roughly 140 passengers. No passengers were injured in the accident.
John Martin DeReggi Jr. was a member of the Class of 2017 of Clarksburg High School, where he was a member of the track team.
Six other people were transported from the scene. They had either witnessed the accident or had become despondent with emotion to local hospitals, according MCFRS chief spokesman Pete Piringer.
The accident created a commuting problem, as the MARC Brunswick Line and all traffic on the CSX tracks in both directions was halted as officials investigated the incident. MARC trains were stopped at the Germantown Station or were held where they were once the halt order was issued. Rail traffic resumed at 7:24 pm, according the Maryland Transportation Authority.
Anyone with information about this is incident is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 240-773-5070
Top: First responders vehicles parked in the parking lot in front of Poolesville Small Engine Repair on Barnsville Road behind the Boyds MARC Train Station.
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