4 hurt when light rail train and van collide in Baltimore

Accident Sunday injured 23 at airport stop

February 18, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Four unidentified people suffered minor injuries yesterday, and rush-hour traffic was tied up when a van made a left turn in front of a light rail train in downtown Baltimore, said a Mass Transit Administration spokesman.

The accident occurred about 3: 30 p.m. at North Howard and Franklin streets, the spokesman said.

Three people in the van and a passenger in the southbound train were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. It was the second light rail accident this week. On Sunday, a train crashed into a safety barrier at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport stop in Linthicum.

Federal investigators have blamed excessive speed for the BWI accident. According to authorities, the train was traveling between 22 and 24 mph rather than the 13-mph limit.

The train operator and 22 passengers had to be taken to hospitals. The operator, who was not identified, was hired by the MTA in 1974 as a bus driver. He was transferred to light rail service seven years ago.

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