Tree Falls on MARC Train, Strands Passengers

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    It's been a long morning for 130 passengers on MARC's Brunswick Line. The passengers spent hours stranded on a D.C. bound train after a tree fell onto the train and brought down live wires. (Published Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014)

    It's been a long morning for 130 passengers on MARC's Brunswick Line.

    Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, all service on the line was suspended after Train 874 hit a tree that had fallen across the tracks east of Point of Rocks. A News4 viewer sent in a picture of the damage the D.C.-bound train suffered, adding that five to six windows in the train's lower car were broken.

    Normal service resumed, and the train's passengers were transferred to Train 878 -- but they didn't get far.

    Train 878 was one mile east of the Brunswick station when a tree fell onto the train at 10 a.m., MARC spokeswoman Paulette Austrich said. The tree brought down "a web of power lines" on the way down.

    According to Austrich, there are multiple trees down in the area; there are also live wires around the train. A CSX electrician arrive at the scene around 11:15 a.m. to cut power.

    The train's passengers were then taken back to the Brunswick station. No one was injured.