MARC train strikes and kills man laying on the tracks

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

August 18, 2006

A man was killed last night when he was struck by a MARC train while apparently lying on tracks near the border of East Baltimore and Baltimore County.

Holly Henderson, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transit Aministration, said train No. 583 was southbound from Perryville to a railroad yard in Baltimore, without passengers and traveling about 100 mph, when it neared the intersection of Rolling Mill Road and North Point Boulevard about 8:15 p.m.

Henderson said the engineer reported seeing a bicycle lying across the tracks and was preparing to slow down when he realized a man was lying on the tracks near the bike.

"The engineer was unable to stop before the train ran over the man, whose body was mangled and strewn for more than a mile down the tracks," she said. "We can't even tell the man's race."

MTA Police are investigating.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore: Traffic

Fest, construction to close streets

Portions of two streets in East Baltimore will be closed for part of tomorrow to accommodate construction and a daylong festival, according to the city's Department of Transportation. North Wolfe Street between Jefferson and McElderry streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. so that construction crews and can set up a large crane. Also, East Monument Street between Chester Street and Montford Avenue will be closed from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition food festival and gospel choir show. Detour signs will be posted, and parking restrictions will be in place on area streets.

Carroll County: Woodbine

Man dies of burns after house fire

A 39-year-old Woodbine man died Wednesday from burns and smoke inhalation that he suffered during a fire at his Carroll County home, W. Faron Taylor, a deputy state fire marshal, said yesterday. Keith Welsh of the 7000 block of Woodbine Road had suffered second-degree burns over 80 percent of his body during a fire that started when he fell asleep smoking a cigarette, fire officials said. Welsh died about 5 p.m. Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Taylor said. Welsh's mother, Betty Welsh, 62, was treated for smoke inhalation at Carroll Hospital Center and released, Taylor said.

Laura McCandlish

New Windsor

Woman cyclist hit by car is critical

A New Windsor woman was critically injured early yesterday when a car struck her on Clear Ridge Road just outside New Windsor while she was riding her bicycle, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said. Jennifer Michele Clayton, 38, of the 3400 block of Uniontown Road was headed south when a southbound green Saturn, driven by Kyle R. Robinson, 19, hit her just north of Green Valley Road, police said. Robinson's address was not released. Clayton was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she remains in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. No charges have been filed, police said.

Laura McCandlish

Eldersburg

5 injured in 2-vehicle Liberty Road crash

Five people were injured in a two-vehicle collision in Eldersburg on Route 26, a section of which was closed for almost four hours yesterday, state police said. Raymond Strigle of Westminster, Virginia Hiob of Baltimore, Margaret Nelson of Towson and Laura Dusome of Sykesville were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said. Hiob, Nelson and Dusome were all in critical condition, and Strigle, one of the drivers, was in serious condition last night, a hospital spokeswoman said. Their ages and addresses were not released. Deborah Hiob of Bel Air, the other driver, was taken to Sinai Hospital, where she was being treated last night, a spokesman said.

Laura McCandlish

Harford County: Havre de Grace

12 noted painters set to compete

Twelve noted painters have been selected to compete in the Plein Air Painting Competition today through Saturday in Havre de Grace. Entries will be exhibited at the Havre de Grace Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Competition artists are Lee Alban of Havre de Grace; A.J. Alper and Stewart White, both of Baltimore; Robert Barber of State College, Pa.; David Diaz of Annapolis; Tracey Frugoli of East Peoria, Ill; Diane Johnson of Cary, N.C.; Alice Laputka of Conyngham; Peggy Casey Mason of Atlantic Highlands, N.J.; Debra Moffitt of Halethorpe; Will Williams of Towson; and Scott Yeager of Cape May, N.J.

Information: 410-939-2100 or 410-939-9342.

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