It was a bad day for regional commuter trains Tuesday: Amtrak service between D.C. and New York was canceled due to Winter Storm Skylar, which is expected to dump up to 2 feet of snow in the Northeast. Further south, an Amtrak commuter train crashed into a vehicle Tuesday morning, forcing the transfer of the train’s passengers into buses to continue their commutes into the Beltway and disrupting other commuter rail lines including the Virginia Railway Express.
Amtrak announced around 9 a.m. that it would cancel trains 182 and 184 Tuesday. Service was expected to be back to normal Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the crash occurred about 7:45 a.m. north of Rippon Station, according to a Tweet by VRE. Passengers were moved into buses in the ensuing hour. There was no immediate information available about injuries. A vehicle apparently made a wrong turn and found its way onto the tracks.
SERVICE UPDATE: All service between BOS and NYP will be temporarily suspended for the remainder of today, 3/13. We'll restore service when improved weather conditions allow us to do so safely. Additional service details outlined below. Thanks for your patience - stay safe today! pic.twitter.com/A7e7OwUfcD— Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNEC) March 13, 2018
VRE was able to clear the trains north of Rippon at around noon. Buses were also en route to the Quantico Train Station to pick up passengers there for their trips north.
Amtrak train struck vehicle north of Rippon...trains currently stopped.— VRE (@VaRailXpress) March 13, 2018
3 buses have departed Rippon...4th enroute. Railroad may open in approximately 30 minutes. Train 314 will make all stops as a final sweep train.— VRE (@VaRailXpress) March 13, 2018