3 teenagers injured when CSX train hits their car

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

July 22, 2006

Three teens were taken to area hospitals yesterday after their vehicle was hit by a CSX train at an intersection in Havre de Grace, police said. An initial investigation determined that the accident, which occurred about 12:30 p.m., happened after the vehicle inched too close to the tracks and was hit by the train, said Cpl. Neil Crouch of the Havre de Grace Police Department. The impact spun the vehicle 360 degrees, throwing at least one passenger from the vehicle. The passengers were described as two males and a female, ages 17 and 18, and their injuries were not considered life-threatening, Crouch said. Two were airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and the other was taken to Christiana Medical Center in Delaware, Crouch said. A spokesman for CSX said the train - consisting of two locomotives and 97 cars - was traveling from Baltimore to Philadelphia.

Justin Fenton

Carroll County: Hampstead

MOSH is probing workplace fatality

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the death of a Lutherville man Thursday afternoon when he was accidentally run over by a skid loader at his workplace in Hampstead, said Maryland State Police. Joseph A. Miranda, 19, of the 1500 block of Melton Road was working with two other employees of Outside Unlimited Inc., a landscaping company, when he stepped onto a skid loader moving in reverse, police said. A preliminary investigation found that Miranda tapped the machine's driver on the shoulder and asked to use the vehicle for another job, police said. The driver said he was looking back and did not see Miranda enter or exit the machine, police said. After stepping off, Miranda became caught between the loader's two left wheels and was crushed, police said. Paramedics from the Arcadia and Hampstead volunteer fire departments arrived, but Miranda was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

David P. Greisman

Harford County: Bel Air

Political club to hold candidates forum

The New Harford Democratic Club will hold a forum for local Democratic candidates for the 2006 primary and general elections today at the McFaul Activities Center, 525 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air. Presentations by candidates for the state Senate and House of Delegates will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and for local office candidates from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Candidates will have five minutes to present their candidacy, followed by a five-minute question-and-answer period.

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