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Train traffic disrupted as Amtrak train pulls down power lines near Bowie

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An Amtrak train tore down overhead catenary power lines in an accident near Bowie on Thursday morning, disrupting rail traffic in the area and the commutes of many MARC and Amtrak riders, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

Craig Schulz, an Amtrak spokesman, said the incident occurred about 9:30 a.m. and left the Northeast Corridor train No. 181 — carrying 177 passengers — without power.

It also stopped all Amtrak and MARC traffic between Baltimore and Washington. Amtrak service didn't resume until after 3 p.m., and then only partially.

The first MARC train scheduled to move through the area was the No. 430 train, which had a 4:20 p.m. departure from Washington to Baltimore.

Schulz said Amtrak engineers and crews were on the scene "trying to clean it up" all day.

Meanwhile, passengers expressed varying degrees of frustration on social media sites. The service is heavily used by people commuting to and from work.

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