Man fatally struck by CSX train near Aberdeen

Victim said to ignore horn warnings

April 07, 2004|By Jacqueline Seaberg | Jacqueline Seaberg,Baltimoresun.com Staff

A man was struck and killed by a CSX Transportation freight train around 10 a.m. today near Aberdeen in Harford County, officials said.

The train's crew spotted the man walking on the tracks away from the train, according to Maryland State Police spokesman Major Greg Shipley. The crew activated emergency stop procedures and sounded the horn, but the man ignored the warnings and did not turn around, Shipley said.

The name of the victim, described only as an older man, will not be publicly released until authorities have positively identified him and notified his family, Shipley said.

There is no indication that he was an employee of CSX, according to Shipley.

The freight train, with 41 cars and two locomotives, was traveling from Newark, N.J., to Florence, N.C., CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan said.

The freight line was shut down pending the completion of the investigation and the removal of the man's body. Sullivan said the accident would have no impact on MARC commuter train or Amtrak service, which run on different tracks.

Originally published April 7, 2004, 1:49 PM EDT

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