Commuter nightmare after person struck, killed by MARC train in Gaithersburg

A MARC train. Photo: Flickr/John H. Gray

This story has been updated.

Montgomery County Police have identified the man who was killed by a MARC train in Gaithersburg yesterday evening as Ricardo Antonio Levia Aldana, 51, from the 16100 block of Crabbs Branch Way in Derwood.

Police say Aldana was attempting to cross the CSX train tracks from a south to north direction. A CSX freight train heading east on the #2 track passed Aldana.

After that train passed, Aldana continued to cross and was immediately struck by a MARC train heading west on track #1. That passenger train was traveling toward Frederick.

Aldana was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was transported for an autopsy by the Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore. At this stage of the investigation, the death appears to be accidental.

Commuter nightmare after man killed by MARC train in Gaithersburg

After a man was struck and killed on the tracks in Gaithersburg, it was a commuter nightmare for dozens of people Friday evening.

The person was struck by the train at East Diamond Avenue and North Frederick Avenue at about 5:34 p.m.

The train was traveling toward Frederick.

On a busy Friday night, the MARC train system came to an abrupt end, leaving passengers stranded and far from home.

And they were stranded for hours.

It is still unclear if this was an accident or a suicide. But it left dozens of frightened passengers on board for over an hour while police interviewed each one.

While the forensic unit collected evidence, the weary passengers were eventually let off the train, but that was only the beginning of a long night.

All Brunswick line trains were halted for hours at Union Station. The make-shift bus bridge was created between Rockville and Metro grove stations.

Onlookers watched in disbelief as Montgomery County Police investigated the horrific incident. An inconvenience for many, but most were keeping their perspective in check.

Some with images they won't soon forget.

"I was on the upper deck," says Katie Campbell, a passenger. "Body was right there"

Montgomery County Police detectives are investigating the death of the individual, whose gender and identity have not been confirmed.

The identity will be released upon confirmation and after next of kin notification.

Police say train service in the area has been suspended while the investigation is in progress.