A Manassas woman was killed this morning in Burke after being struck by a commuter train.
Fairfax County police said that shortly after 7 a.m., officers were called to the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station at 10399 Premier Court in Burke for the report of a pedestrian that had been hit by a train.
Officers reported being met immediately by VRE officials, who then directed them to the scene.
Police said a preliminary investigation determined that a locomotive was traveling south from Washington, D.C., to Manassas. Police described conditions as foggy and dark, and said visibility was greatly reduced.
“As the train passed the Burke station and rounded a slight curve, the engineer saw a pedestrian walking across the tracks from left to right,” said police spokesman Don Gotthardt. “The engineer immediately applied the emergency brake and sounded the horn. The train slowed but hit the pedestrian in the middle of the southbound track. Danyelle Lynn Anderson, 22, of Manassas, was pronounced dead at the scene,”