Md. Institute art student is hit by MTA train Pedestrian is 2nd hit by light-rail

June 13, 1993|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

A 19-year-old Baltimore art student suffered facial injuries yesterday morning when she and a friend, in an attempt to avoid being struck by a light-rail train near Camden Station, stepped into the path of a train going the opposite direction.

Nancy Hiebel of the 1400 block of Eutaw Place was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with fractures to her right cheek, a family member said. She was undergoing reconstructive surgery last night.

"She's going to be OK. All that's really hurt is her cheekbone," said Meredith Van Asdlen, 20, Ms. Hiebel's stepsister.

Ms. Van Asdlen said doctors had told family members no eye damage occurred.

Ms. Hiebel will be a sophomore next fall at the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Ms. Hiebel's friend, William Sean Roberts, 25, of the 5000 block of Wright Ave. in Armistead Gardens, was treated at the scene for cuts and bruises to an arm after the train brushed him during the accident.

It was the second time a pedestrian has been struck by a Mass Transit Association light-rail train.

In the first incident, a Baltimore County man was hit by a train traveling in Lutherville in May 1992. Police said the man was standing on the tracks with his back to the approaching train and appeared to make no effort to get out of its path before the train hit him and threw him to the side.

The man survived.

Several accidents involving other vehicles that collided with trains have occurred, but none has resulted in injury, said Dianna Rosborough, a spokeswoman for the Mass Transit Administration.

In yesterday's incident, Ms. Hiebel and Mr. Roberts were running to catch a train shortly after 9:30 a.m. from the Inner Harbor back to her home, Ms. Van Asdlen said.

Witnesses told police the two were walking in a crosswalk across the tracks in front of Camden Station when they realized a northbound train was coming toward them, Ms. Rosborough said.

They turned to go back and, not realizing a southbound train was coming, stepped into its path.

Because the train was pulling into the station, it was going no faster than 10 mph, Ms. Rosborough said, and probably much slower.

No passengers on either train were injured.

Neither of the train operators will be charged in the accident, Ms. Rosborough said.

Clearing the accident scene took about 20 minutes.

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