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Fallen Brother: Brian Waynant

Fallen Brother: Brian Waynant

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March 05, 2010

WILMINGTON, Del. — Hundreds of Amtrak passengers in the Northeast were delayed for hours late Monday evening, following the fatality of a fire department official that halted at least six trains between New York and Washington into the early-morning hours.

The Delaware State Police identified the victim on Tuesday as Brian P. Waynant Sr., a decorated inspector with the Wilmington Fire Department. Authorities said Waynant was working at the time, but they did not suspect foul play.

Amtrak and police officials say the fatality occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Monday, just south of Wilmington’s Amtrak station. An investigation is ongoing, police said.

This marks the fourth fatal accident on Amtrak’s Northeast corridor since the beginning of the year, including two girls struck and killed by a high-speed train from Boston to Washington last week.

Elsewhere on Monday, police said a Chicago-bound Amtrak train with at least 76 people aboard slammed into a fire truck that was stopped on the tracks in southwest Detroit, causing some minor injuries, The Associated Press reported. Fire officials said a ladder truck was hit as the driver was trying to move it, and that the truck was parked there helping with an earlier crash.