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MARC Train Hits Dump Truck on Tracks in Montgomery County

By: Allan M. Siegel

On Monday, July 20th, police and transit officials reported that a MARC train collided with a dump truck on the tracks in Montgomery County. In light of recent train accidents making headlines, including the Philadelphia Amtrak derailment in May, authorities responded promptly to the incident and communicated openly with public officials and local citizens.

Here are some additional details about Monday’s MARC crash:

  • Authorities report that the crash occurred around 4:45 pm on Monday, when MARC Brunswick Line train 875 hit a dump truck stopped on the tracks at an at-grade crossing between Silver Spring and Kensington stations. The dump truck is owned by CSX and was performing maintenance on an adjacent track.
  • Of the more than 600 passengers on board, no serious injuries were reported - although some passengers initially complained of being hurt, but declined transportation to the local hospital. The driver of the maintenance truck also refused treatment, according to authorities.
  • As a result of the crash, service was suspended for approximately three hours, and was restored on Tuesday, though with delays and crowding.

It is fortunate that Monday’s incident did not result in tragic consequences. Although no serious or fatal injuries have been reported, it does not mean that people were not hurt. Often people wake up the following morning with back injuries or neck injuries, that they did not feel at the scene, or felt were to minor to be reported.

At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our attorneys have extensive experience representing victims injured in train accidents, including those involving the Maryland Transit Administration. In the past, our firm has also successfully handled cases involving train crashes that occurred very close to the location of Monday’s incident - one involving a 2002 Amtrak derailment in Kensington and another on behalf of a client who was injured in the 1996 derailment of a MARC train in Silver Spring.

If you have questions about train accidents and personal injury lawsuits, our lawyers are available to speak personally with you about your case and rights. We provide free case reviews and serve clients throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.