Aberdeen girl, 17, is struck by train, dies

May 11, 2006|By MARY GAIL HARE | MARY GAIL HARE,SUN REPORTER

A 17-year-old girl was killed early yesterday when she was struck by a northbound Amtrak train while crossing the tracks in Aberdeen.

Akilah Boddy, an Aberdeen High School student, and two other students had been walking along a footpath near the tracks on their way to school. Sgt. Steve Smith, spokesman for the Aberdeen police, said, "It's a shortcut for kids."

Crisis counselors were at the school yesterday.

The accident occurred a mile and a half north of Amtrak's Aberdeen Station.

Train 2154, an Acela Express, left Washington at 7 a.m. with 235 passengers, said Karina Romero, an Amtrak spokeswoman. Shortly after 8 a.m., the train struck the teenager, she said. Three lines were shut down within 15 minutes. One line reopened an hour later, while the train involved in the incident was released for departure at 10:29 a.m.

A Maryland Transit Administration spokesman said that service on the southbound MARC 521 train was disrupted by the incident.

Aberdeen police officers were the first to respond to the accident and notified the victim's father.

Amtrak officials did not release additional details about the incident.mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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