Woman killed by train

February 07, 1992

An Amtrak secretary was struck and killed by a train yesterday at Pennsylvania Station while apparently taking a shortcut to catch another train to her job in Washington.

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., Baltimore 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.

Ms. Cook 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 Ms. Cook was the 180, a northbound passenger train with an engine and five cars, an Amtrak spokesman said.

The passenger train was delayed about 25 minutes, the spokesman said.

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