A 24-year-old Ellicott City woman waiting alone for a Light Rail train at the North Linthicum station yesterday morning was stabbed in the chest by an attacker who authorities said tackled her from behind.
The victim, Lori Dreyer, was in stable condition last night at Harbor Hospital Center, a hospital official said.
Nothing was taken from her in the attack.
A Mass Transit Administration official described the attack as "one of the most serious incidents" on the Central Light Rail Line since its began service nearly two years ago.
Police from the MTA and Anne Arundel County were investigating the attack, but by last night had not found a suspect or weapon. The only description they had was of a man about 17 to 20 years old seen running north from the station.
MTA spokesman Dianna Rosborough said that as the victim drove to the station, near Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard and Camp Meade Road, the 9:54 northbound train pulled away.
She said Ms. Dreyer parked, bought a ticket and was waiting for the 10:09 a.m. train when she was grabbed by the neck, wrestled to the ground and stabbed. Ms. Dreyer screamed, and her attacker fled.
L She walked to a nearby gas station, where she called police.
Though two shootings have occurred since last October on Baltimore area MTA buses, no major attacks had occurred on the Light Rail before yesterday, Ms. Rosborough said.
The North Linthicum station opened in April 1993.