Teenage boy struck, killed by Amtrak train north of DC

BOYDS, Md. (AP) -- Police and fire officials say an Amtrak train struck and killed a teenage boy who was on the tracks in Maryland north of Washington. Rail service was halted in the area for hours.

Montgomery County Police say 16-year-old John Martin DeReggi Jr. of Boyds was hit about 4:45 p.m. Monday in Boyds, a town about 20 miles north of the nation's capital.

Officers say DeReggi and two other teenagers were walking along the tracks, when, for unknown reasons, DeReggi went onto the tracks and into the path of the train. The death is under investigation.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari tells The Washington Post that the train, carrying 200 passengers, was traveling from Washington to Chicago.

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