11 people hurt in subway crash at State Center

January 27, 2003|By Sandy Alexander | Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF

Nine Metro subway passengers were injured yesterday morning when their train struck a maintenance truck on the tracks near the State Center station at West Preston and Eutaw streets.

The Maryland Transit Administration said nine of the 24 passengers on the southbound train were taken to hospitals and treated for injuries including bumps, bruises and neck and back pain. Two workers on the truck were treated at Maryland General Hospital and released.

The truck, which has tires for street driving and wheels for the rails, was in the tunnel for "scheduled, authorized maintenance" about 10 a.m. when the train hit it from behind, said Suzanne Bond, a Maryland Transit Administration spokeswoman. Neither vehicle was derailed by the impact.

Maintenance is routinely planned for evenings and weekends, when there are fewer trains, Bond said, and the administration was investigating how the truck and the train came to share the track.

The accident was less damaging, Bond said, because the driver was slowing to enter the station and, after seeing the truck, decreased speed more.

City firefighters helped the passengers get off the train and walk about 250 feet to the platform.

"We are pleased the injuries were minor in this situation," Bond said.

The Metro subway continued to run yesterday as trains from both directions were routed on the other track through the State Center station. The station was closed until 2 p.m. to people wanting to board trains, but remained open to passengers who were getting off trains.

Bond said she did not expect the accident to cause delays today.

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