Amtrak has launched an investigation into the killing of a person after being hit by Train 174 in Northeast DC on August 25.
The deceased person reportedly trespassed onto the railroad tracks between Washington and New Carrolton, Maryland, right before the accident.
“The safety of our customers, employees and public is our top priority. Amtrak has a police department with a national safety mission and a partnership with Operation Lifesaver, a national, nonprofit safety railroad education group whose goal is to eliminate deaths and injuries at railroad crossings and along railroad rights of way,” Amtrak said in a release.
Riders on the train and crew members were not injured, according to the company.
Amtrak has enhanced safety and cleaning measures since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.
“In an effort to simplify and safeguard the travel experience, several cleaning, contact-free and convenience measures have been implemented into every part of the customer journey — from time of booking to the moment of arrival,” Amtrak says on its website.
The company keeps a full-time medical director and public health and safety team available.