Light rail put back together after tree falls on power wires BALTIMORE CITY

April 23, 1993|By Peter Jensen | Peter Jensen,Staff Writer

Light rail service was expected to be fully restored in time for this morning's rush hour after yesterday's interruption caused by a tree falling on the overhead wires.

The tree fell about 12:15 p.m. along tracks between the Mount Washington and Cold Spring Lane stations in Baltimore, knocking out the high-voltage lines that provide electrical power to the trains.

The tree was cleared by midafternoon, but Mass Transit Administration (MTA) officials said wires, braces and several catenary poles were damaged and had to be repaired.

The incident knocked out light rail service connecting the Woodberry, Cold Spring Lane, Mount Washington and Falls Road stations. The MTA provided shuttle buses to replace service at those locations.

Light rail service from Woodberry south to Linthicum and from Falls Road north to Timonium was not affected.

After 4 p.m., express buses were brought in to ferry rush-hour passengers from North Avenue to Timonium. People headed to last night's Orioles game were provided nonstop bus transit from the Timonium and Lutherville stations.

Dianna Rosborough, an MTA spokeswoman, said the tree fell in front of a northbound light rail train. The train's operator was able to stop in time and neither he nor any of the 15 passengers were injured.

The tree was located on a Cylburn Arboretum slope near the Jones Falls Expressway's Northern Parkway exit. The light rail line parallels the expressway at that point.

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