WASHINGTON (AP) — The victims of a train accident outside Washington’s Union Station were men from Pennsylvania and Maryland.
The two men who died were freight train conductors who got out of their train late Tuesday night to check out an alert that there was a problem with one or more of their train’s wheels. They died when they were struck by an Amtrak passenger train.
On Thursday, police in Washington identified the men in a statement as 20-year-old Stephen Deal of Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, and 25-year-old Jake Lafave of Cumberland, Maryland.
At a news conference a day after the accident, National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said that the train was coming from Baltimore and the type that carries shipping containers. The train was headed to Chicago.
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