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Police ID 3 killed after being struck by train in Springfield

Community members at a vigil along the Accotink Park Bridge where three people were killed on Wednesday. (WTOP/Abigail Constantino)
Community members have created a vigil along the Accotink Park Bridge where three people were killed on Wednesday. (WTOP/Abigail Constantino)
Diego Arriaza, 28, of Annandale, Yeraldin Pardo, 28, of Lincolnia, and her 8-year-old son were killed after being struck by a train on Wednesday night. (WTOP/Abigail Constantino)
Yeraldin Pardo, 28, of Lincolnia, Virginia, was killed after being struck by a train on Wednesday night. (WTOP/Abigail Constantino)
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Fairfax County police in Virginia have identified the three people who were killed after being struck by a train in Springfield, Virginia, on Wednesday night.

Diego Arriaza, 28, of Annandale, Yeraldin Pardo, 28, of Lincolnia, and an 8-year-old child were found after officers responded to the 7500 block of Accotink Park Road around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a train crash, police said.

All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities believe Arriaza, Pardo and the child were on the northbound elevated train tracks when they encountered a traveling freight train. Arriaza was struck by the train, while Pardo and her 8-year-old fell from the bridge into Accotink Creek.

Police said they don’t think alcohol or speed were factors in the crash for the train’s engineer. Whether or not alcohol was a factor for those who were killed is still under investigation.

Below is a map of the area where it happened.

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Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS 鶹ý, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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