Amtrak Train Strikes and Kills Man

By Peter DePaolis

A southbound Amtrak train struck and killed a man last month in Fairfax County. The train accident occurred at approximately 11:44 a.m. near the intersection of Lorton Road and Gunston Cove Road near Lorton, according to Fairfax police. The victim’s identity is unknown, but he was African American, and authorities estimated that he was in his fifties. He was wearing a UPS sweater and black sweatpants at the time of the accident.

The train operator saw the man walking next to the tracks and sounded the train’s horn. The victim was wearing earmuffs and was walking with his back to the tracks. The operator activated the train’s emergency equipment when the victim stepped onto the tracks. The train struck the man as he turned toward it. The train was not able to stop before the collision.

The 79-car Amtrak train was traveling from New York to Charlotte with 108 passengers aboard. No one on the train suffered injuries. The train was able to resume operation at approximately 1:45 p.m.

Amtrak and local police are investigating the incident. They do not know if the victim was trying to commit suicide.

If you suffer injuries in a transportation accident, a Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer can answer any questions you have about financial compensation for your injuries. Contact Thomas McWeeney, a Northern Virginia personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis for a free and informative consultation.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.