Police identify man struck by train in Halethorpe

October 18, 1990|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

Police have identified the man struck and killed in Halethorpe by a speeding passenger train as a 35-year-old Arbutus resident.

The victim, William Gary Zinck, was struck about 7:20 a.m. yesterday by the two-engine train, No. 67 "Night Owl," that was en route to Washington, D.C., from Boston.

The train's engineer spotted Zinck walking along the tracks and sounded the horn, but Zinck didn't respond, police said.

Howard Robertson, a spokesman for Amtrak, said Zinck was wearing only a hospital band when he was found.

Robertson said all of the passengers aboard the 11-car Night Owl were transferred to commuter trains for arrivals at Baltimore and Washington train stations. They were delayed for 55 minutes.

The Night Owl was held at the scene until the state medical examiner could remove the victim's remains.

The accident delayed train traffic for eight other trains, including three Amtrak trains, between 12 and 35 minutes, Robertson said.

At 7:53 a.m., Baltimore County police asked all tracks to be inactive to allow investigators to search for the man's remains.

Later at 8:16 a.m., two of four tracks were restored to service at a restricted speed of 10 mph.

The normal speed is about 110 mph, Robertson said.

At 8:37 a.m., a third track was allowed to function and speeds were raised to 60 mph.

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