Two people dead after MARC train hits car

Two people were killed Tuesday morning after the SUV they were riding in was struck by a MARC commuter train in Baltimore, officials said.

The incident occurred around 6:20 a.m. in the 2200 block of Hollins Ferry Road.

Initial reports on the incident said that a vehicle “went around” a gate on the railroad crossing and was struck by a train on the Camden line that was headed to Washington’s Union Station, according to Paul Shepard, a spokesman with the Maryland Transit Administration.

The train had left Baltimore’s Camden station. After the incident, about 20 people rode buses to get around the incident, according to MTA officials.

Trains along the line experienced delays that ranged from 35 to 40 minutes, but MTA officials said their ridership was very light because the federal government and many area offices were closed due to the inclement weather.

A spokesman with the Baltimore City Police department said two people were in the SUV. One was pronounced dead on the scene and the other died after being transported to an area hospital.

Police said they would not release the names or ages of the victims until their families had been notified.