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Pedestrian bridge collapse near College Park disrupts MARC, Metro rail service

A pedestrian bridge collapsed on the Camden Line

A pedestrian bridge collapsed on top of rail lines serving MARC trains and the Washington Metro between College Park and Greenbelt on Wednesday afternoon, temporarily shutting down service on both systems, according to the Maryland Transit Administration and local emergency officials.

The incident occurred about 3 p.m. after the bridge was "struck by the boom of a rail crane operated by a Metro contractor," the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said.

No injuries were reported in the incident. The affected Camden Line, which serves MARC, was temporarily closed in both directions but had resumed service by 5 p.m. after a CSX Transportation bridge inspector cleared the scene, the MTA said.

Service on Camden Line MARC trains could continue to experience minor delays, the MTA said.

Service on the Green Line of Washington's Metro also was suspended between College Park and Greenbelt, WMATA said. Service between College Park and Branch Avenue was operating normally, and additional Yellow Line trains were serving College Park. Green Line service between College Park and Greenbelt was expected to remain suspended through the evening rush hour, and possibly into Wednesday night, WMATA said.

Free shuttle service was being provided between College Park and Greenbelt, it said.

Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire Department, said the incident occurred in the 5100 block of Berwyn Road, in Berwyn Heights.

Brady said all workers on the scene were "accounted for" and that no civilians were in the area at the time. He said the concrete floor of a walkway had collapsed onto the rail tracks.

The MTA said MARC tickets for the Camden Line would be honored on the Penn Line.

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