HAMPSTEAD - The combination of railroad tracks and a busy Route 30 proved fatal for the second time in less than two years, when a woman was killed Friday afternoon after the car she was driving collided with a CSX freight train.
The 4:51 p.m. accident occurred less than a mile south of where a 35-year-old Washington truck driver was killed in a collision with an empty 29-car CSX freight train in February 1989.
State police in Westminster said late Friday that the woman was found dead at the scene, several hundred feet from the entrance to the Black & Decker Inc. plant in the south part of town.
Her passenger, a 60-year-old woman, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and listed in critical condition late Friday, according to a hospital spokesman. She was admitted at 5:39 p.m., less than an hour after the crash was reported.
Police said the car was traveling southbound when it hit the engine and caboose.
They reported no other injuries.
While there is no gate at the railroad crossing, it is served by flashing lights and bells. The road surface was dry -- and skies clear -- at the time of the accident.
No further details of the collision were available at press time.
Friday's crash marks at least the 30th traffic fatality in six years along the 20-mile stretch of Route 30, which state police Sgt. Stephen C.
Reynolds has called "the most fatality-prone roadway in Carroll County."
Traffic on the two-lane road has increased dramatically since the 1986 opening of the Northwest Expressway, which cut the Baltimore-Hanover, Pa., commute.