Pedestrian Struck By Train
Fairfax County Police Department
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News Release: 14/015/0569/drg/(7)
January 15, 2014
Accidental Death on VRE Tracks
West Springfield Police District – On Wednesday, January 15 shortly after 7 a.m., officers were called to the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station at 10399 Premier Court in Burke for the report of a pedestrian that had been hit by a train.
Officers were met immediately by VRE officials who directed them to the scene.
Detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit were called to the scene and conducted the investigation in cooperation with VRE personnel.
The preliminary investigation determined that a locomotive was traveling southbound enroute from Washington, D.C. to Manassas; it was foggy and dark, visibility was reduced. 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. 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.
Danyelle Lynn Anderson, 22, of Manassas, was pronounced dead at the scene.