UPDATE 12/2 8:15 p.m. — Amtrak Police were part of an investigation into how a man managed to climb on top of a MARC train and badly shock himself at Union Station on Friday morning.

DC Fire and EMS said they responded to the scene around 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The unidentified male, described by Amtrak as a trespasser, touched an overhead wire. DC Fire and EMS said responders had to wait about 30 minutes for the power to be turned off before they could rescue the man.

He was transported to the hospital for what DC Fire and EMS described as critical life-threatening injuries.

The Maryland Transit Administration runs the train that is operated in part by Amtrak, which also owns the track at Union Station where this happened.

They said in an email statement, “customers may experience delays. Amtrak is working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident.

“I am shocked,” said Baltimore’s David Walton, who heard about the incident shortly after he arrived from Baltimore. “I’m not going to lie. That’s a very unfortunate situation. However, I don’t know why the person got on the train.

There were some delays earlier in the day because of the emergency, but trains appeared to be back on schedule later in the day.

Meanwhile, MARC did not reply to requests to comment on what happened.


ORIGINAL STORY — WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — A person is in critical condition after trespassing into a secure area of Union Station and being shocked on top of a train, according to Amtrak.

D.C. Fire and EMS first reported a person injured by electrical charge on top of a rail car at around 10 a.m. via Twitter.

In the hours since then rescue operations successfully cut power to the car and extracted the person.

The person was transported to a local hospital by EMS, at the time of transport the victim was suffering serious life-threatening injuries.

Amtrak is currently working with law enforcement to investigate the incident.