Man killed by train while crossing tracks in Aberdeen

February 27, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A man was struck and killed yesterday near downtown Aberdeen by a northbound Amtrak train, police said.

The victim was hit about 7:20 a.m. as he crossed the tracks heading east into woods near Baldwin Manor Apartments north of U.S. 40 and West Bel Air Avenue, said Sgt. Steve Smith, Aberdeen police spokesman. Police had only a tentative identification for the victim, a white male in his 30s, and were attempting to contact relatives.

The train had not stopped at the Aberdeen station, just south of the accident site, Smith said.

"The through trains run in excess of 100 mph when they come through the city," Smith said.

The Silver Meteor was carrying about 210 people from Miami to New York, said Cecilia Cummings, an Amtrak spokeswoman. Service was shut down for about an hour and a half, she said, before one track was reopened. Passengers remained onboard until the train was cleared to continue on its route about 11 a.m., she said.

Cummings said the man was on the tracks when the engineer spotted him and that he did not have enough time to stop the train.

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