Manassas Woman Struck by VRE Train Dies

The woman was walking across the tracks when the accident occurred, according to police.

Virginia Railway Express (Patch file photo)
Virginia Railway Express (Patch file photo)

A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a train near the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Burke Centre Station Wednesday morning.

The victim, Danyelle Lynn Anderson, 22, of Manassas, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have ruled the incident as an accidental death.

Fairfax County police were called to the station, located at 10399 Premier Ct., shortly after 7 a.m. for a report about a person that had been hit by a train. 

A train was traveling southbound enroute from Washington, D.C. to Manassas when the accident occurred.

"As the train passed the Burke station and rounded a slight curve, the engineer saw a pedestrian walking across the tracks from left to right," a news release from the department states. "The engineer immediately applied the emergency brake and sounded the horn. The train slowed but hit the pedestrian in the middle of the southbound track."

The release further states that visibility reduced due to the foggy and dark weather.

Manassas Line VRE Trains 330 and 332 were canceled due to train strike and Burke station was closed, but reopened at 10:30 a.m. 

VRE officials don't expect any afternoon delays, but did say Train 331, which departs Union Station at 5:05 p.m., will operate with six cars instead of the normal eight, and Train 333, which departs Union Station at 5:30 p.m. will operate as an eight car. 

Customers who used Metro this morning can feel free to use it this afternoon, VRE officials said. 


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