A fatal accident has led to major delays on Amtrak's Northeast corridor.
Authorities said 14-year-old Ann Marie Stickel was struck and killed by a southbound train around 9 a.m. Tuesday in Middle River, Md., just east of Baltimore. Police said the girl was walking to school with a friend when she was hit. The friend was not injured.
Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell said northbound trains were held at Washington's Union Station for almost two hours while the accident was investigated. A single track was opened around 10:45 a.m., allowing trains to pass through the area slowly and one at a time. The remaining tracks reopened at about noon. Connell said passengers in both directions will continue to experience delays through the afternoon.
Some midday trains were canceled and passengers were rebooked, according to Amtrak. The goal was to eliminate the delays in time for the evening rush hour.
Some Maryland commuter trains were also canceled after the accident.
The girl was hit by a Northeast Regional train from New York to Washington. No one on board was hurt.
Friends and relatives of the victim placed a plastic foam cross with a picture of her near the scene of the accident Tuesday afternoon.