Baltimore woman dies trying to hop onto moving train

October 25, 1999|By Kurt Streeter | Kurt Streeter,SUN STAFF

A 26-year-old Baltimore woman who tried to jump aboard a train as it moved through Washington Village yesterday morning fell and was decapitated by one of the train's wheels, police said.

The woman was walking with friends about 2: 30 a.m. in an industrial area in the 1300 block of Ridgely St., southwest of downtown, when she tried to get on the train, which was traveling east to Locust Point on the CSX Corp. rail line, said Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a police spokeswoman.

"She apparently told her friends she thought it would be fun to hop on a train," said Cooper. She said police believe the woman had been drinking in a nearby rowhouse in the 600 block of S. Paca St. before the accident.

The woman grabbed for a handrail but lost her balance and was thrown under the train and decapitated, said Cooper.

Gary Wollenhaupt, a spokesman for CSX, said the railway has a stoplight and crossing bar at Ridgely Street.

Police said the woman walked around the crossing bar to get to the train.

Wollenhaupt said the speed limit for trains on the CSX line in Baltimore is 25 mph and the train was traveling within that limit. He said getting on a moving train is so risky that the company forbids its employees from boarding moving trains.

Police are withholding the woman's name until her parents, who live in Wisconsin, are notified.

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