3 people removed from car stuck on tracks before train runs into it

June 10, 1996|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Three people were removed from a car stuck on railroad tracks in Baltimore County moments before it was struck by a train, county police said.

According to Officer John Leichling of the Western Traffic Section, Silvia R. Jiminez, 47, of the 8800 block of Hunting Lane in Laurel was driving a 1985 Pontiac east on Hammonds Ferry Road near Laverne Avenue in Lansdowne about 2 p.m. when she lost control of the car and struck a utility pole, injuring two passengers.

The car went into a spin, traveled 33 feet and came to a stop on westbound railroad tracks, Leichling said.

He said that less than 10 minutes later, after members of an English Consul Volunteer Fire Company ambulance crew removed the victims from the car, a CSX train -- its emergency whistle blowing -- crashed into the car.

The impact sent the car crashing into the back of the ambulance that was parked about 16 feet away but not near where the ambulance crew was treating the crash victims, the officer said.

Two other ambulances took the injured to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a fire department spokesman said.

The driver's son Edgar D. Jiminez, 14, and her brother Abelino Palacios, 69, both of the Hunting Lane address, were in serious condition at Shock Trauma.

Pub Date: 6/10/96

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