Light rail hits another pedestrian in Lutherville Timonium man, 58, listed as critical after being flown to Shock Trauma

July 28, 1993|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,Staff Writer

For the second time in 14 months, a pedestrian has been struck and critically injured by a light rail train in Lutherville.

Mass Transit Administration spokeswoman Dianna Rosborough said 58-year-old Ellis Turner, of the 2100 block of Suburban Greens Drive in Timonium, ran into the path of a southbound train at 6:20 a.m. yesterday, just south of Seminary Avenue.

"The operator sees him coming toward the train and applies the brakes; however, he did hit the front left side of the train," Ms. Rosborough said.

There is no light rail stop in Lutherville.

The train, the second of the morning, had departed the Timonium station at 6:15 a.m., and was traveling about 45 mph -- the speed limit on that section -- when the operator saw the man and applied the brakes, the spokeswoman said.

Mr. Turner was not run over by the train, but fell onto the northbound tracks about 200 feet south of Seminary Avenue, Ms. Rosborough said.

The train traveled another 350 feet after Mr. Turner was struck.

The man was moved by ambulance to a nearby schoolyard, where he was picked up by a state police MedEvac helicopter.

He was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in critical condition.

No one on the train was injured, according to authorities.

Passengers were interviewed by police at the scene before their train was allowed to depart.

The operator was sent for drug and alcohol testing, which is routine after accidents in which there is an injury or damage greater than $5,000, Ms. Rosborough said.

Service north of the Falls Road station was halted until 7:05 a.m., and 15- to 30-minute delays continued until 9 a.m.

It was the light rail system's second pedestrian accident in Lutherville, and the fourth since the system became operational in April 1992.

About 9:30 p.m. on May 28, 1992, a 36-year-old Ridervale man stepped onto the light rail tracks about a quarter mile south of Seminary Avenue and turned his back to an oncoming northbound train. He was struck and critically injured.

Members of his family told police later that he had been depressed and talked of committing suicide.

On June 12 of this year, two people received minor injuries when they were struck by a light rail train at Camden Station.

Another man, apparently intoxicated, was bumped by a train at the Mount Royal Station last year but did not require hospital treatment, Ms. Rosborough said.

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