An Amtrak secretary was struck and killed by a train today at Pennsylvania Station while apparently taking a shortcut to catch another train to her job in Washington.
In unrelated fatal incidents in the past 24 hours, four other people, including a 33-year-old man who was attempting to elude police during a high-speed chase, were killed in automobile accidents.
The Amtrak employee, Robin Cook, 33, of the 1400 block of St. Michael's Court in Edgewood, was pronounced dead at the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center about 10 a.m., a center spokesman said. She was struck by the train at the station off North Charles Street about 7 a.m., city police said.
The victim worked as a secretary for the Amtrak chief of police in the capital.
Robert E. Brooks, an Amtrak safety engineer investigating the accident, said the woman was crossing a ground-level walkway when the passenger train hit her.
She had parked in an Amtrak lot below the station and "where she was going was not an authorized pathway," Mr. Brooks said.
Mr. Brooks said she might have been avoiding a longer route to reach the platform next to the southern end of Track No. 6, where she normally caught her train. The train she was scheduled to board left at 7:10 a.m.
The train that hit her was the 180, a northbound passenger train with an engine and five cars, an Amtrak spokesman said. It was delayed about 25 minutes, the spokesman said.
One of the automobile fatalities involved a motorist who was being pursued by Anne Arundel and Howard county police officers at speeds reaching 75 mph. The victim lost control of his car on Montevideo Road in Howard County near U.S. 1 and crashed into a tree.
Glenn Phillip Colston, who lived in an emergency shelter at Fort Meade, was thrown through the windshield. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman V. Richard Molloy.
Mr. Molloy said Mr. Colston was driving his 1986 Toyota on Md. 175 near Ridge Road when he stopped for alleged traffic violations about 2:30 a.m. Officers noticed Mr. Colston was wanted on a bench warrant for violation of probation in a breaking-and-entering charge.
Mr. Colston's driver's license also had been revoked, Officer Molloy said.
While the officers were checking Mr. Colston's record, he pulled away and a high-speed pursuit began. The chase continued for a short distance on Md. 175 into Howard County, where officers there picked up the chase.
A spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department said Mr.Colston lost control of his car while attempting to negotiate a left-hand bend in the road. The car knocked over a mailbox before slamming into a tree.
In Baltimore, John A. Walthall, 78, of the 5100 block of Queensbury Ave., was killed about 6:20 a.m. when his pickup truck jumped the curb and struck a utility pole in the southwest section of the city.
Police said Walthall was driving south in the 900 block of S. Caton Ave. when he lost control of the truck and hit the pole. The victimwas partially ejected.
Yesterday, a 43-year-old Linthicum woman was killed when her car ran a stop sign at a northern Anne Arundel County intersection and was hit broadside by another vehicle, county police said.
Diane Lynn Ensey, of the 400 block of N. Hammonds Ferry Road, died in the crash shortly after 3 p.m. at Marley Neck Boulevard and Spencer Road. Her 2-year-old niece, next to Ms. Ensey in a safety seat, and the driver of the other car escaped serious injury, police said.
They said Ms. Ensey was westbound on Spencer when her car went past a stop sign and was struck by a northbound vehicle driven by Kenneth Schaeffer, 35, of the 7900 block of Solley Road in Glen Burnie.
Both Mr. Schaeffer and Brittany Gloria Alvarez, who had been strapped in a child safety seat on the right front of Ms. Ensey's car, were released after treatment at North Arundel Hospital, police said.
Also, yesterday, Mary Lippincott Crudden, 70, of Queen Anne's County, died after she was crushed in an accident near her home.
Police said the resident of Chester Harbor was driving her 1989 Toyota west on Woodstock Road at Central Drive about 10:30 a.m. when she stopped the car and started to get out.
The car started moving, and she tried to climb back in. She was partially in the car when it hit a mailbox post and pinned her between the door and the frame, police said.