Train strikes pickup, injures driver Engine carries man to Sykesville

June 03, 1993|By Staff Report

A Chessie System freight train struck a pickup truck on a crossing east of Sykesville last night, injuring the driver, who was taken to Baltimore County General Hospital, state police said.

Tfc. Leonard Lucas of the Westminster barracks said the train, eastbound toward Baltimore, struck the pickup as the driver apparently tried to beat the train to the crossing on a back road about 1 1/2 miles east of Sykesville shortly before 9 p.m.

As the pickup crossed the tracks, its rear wheels got stuck.

Trooper Lucas said the pickup was dragged about 100 feet parallel with the tracks before the train was able to stop.

The injured man, a 34-year-old resident of Huntingtown in Calvert County who had been fishing in a small creek next to the tracks and whose name was not released, was placed aboard the train's engine. The crew backed the train up and returned to Sykesville, where the driver was placed into an ambulance and taken to the hospital.

Trooper Lucas said the man was treated for multiple injuries that were not life threatening.

"He had been drinking and was not cooperating with the medical staff," he said.

The trooper said the man is expected to be charged with driving while intoxicated, trespassing on railroad property and other traffic charges.

A Chessie representative at the scene declined to comment on the accident.

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