Man whose truck was hit by train is charged with DWI Pickup was stuck on Sykesville tracks

June 04, 1993|By Staff Report

A 33-year-old Calvert County man has been charged with driving while intoxicated in the wake of a collision with a train near Sykesville Wednesday night, state police said yesterday.

Mark Wayne Birchfield, of Huntington, sustained minor injuries when his pickup truck got stuck on the tracks as a Chessie System freight train reached the rural crossing about a mile east of Sykesville shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Tfc. Leonard Lucas of the Westminster barracks said Mr. Birchfield apparently was trying to beat the train to the crossing on an access road when the rear wheels of his pickup got stuck.

The eastbound CSX train struck the vehicle and dragged it about 100 feet along the tracks before the engineer was able to stop, police said.

Investigators said train crewmen put the injured man aboard the train's engine and backed up to Main Street in Sykesville, where he was given emergency treatment, put into an ambulance and taken to Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown.

Trooper Lucas said Mr. Birchfield was treated at the hospital for multiple injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Mr. Birchfield was in stable condition at the hospital yesterday, a spokesman said.

Police said Mr. Birchfield had been fishing in a creek next to the tracks before the accident.

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

Trooper Lucas said he expected Mr. Birchfield to be charged with trespassing on railroad property and other traffic charges in addition to the DWI count.

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