CSX train hits truck

1 hurt

May 24, 2006|By JUSTIN FENTON | JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER

A truck delivering golf carts to Bulle Rock, the Havre de Grace course that will host the LPGA Championship next month, was hit by a CSX train yesterday morning, injuring the driver, police said.

Just before 11 a.m., the truck was on a deliveries-only access road when it was struck on the passenger side by a train traveling about 50 mph, said Robert B. Thomas, a spokesman for the Harford County sheriff.

The driver, Michael John Kline, 48, of upstate New York, was taken to a hospital, where he was being treated for a leg injury, Thomas said. Rail service was delayed for two hours.

Police said a Bulle Rock employee responsible for activating a gate to block traffic from crossing the tracks when a train is approaching did not close the gate, though the employee maintained that he attempted to signal the truck driver, Thomas said.

"It was a matter of seconds and feet that prevented a fatal accident," Thomas said.

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