6 hurt as truck, light rail collide

Accident ties up rail service to Hunt Valley

tractor-trailer driver is given traffic ticket

February 10, 2007|By Nick Shields and Andrew Schaefer | Nick Shields and Andrew Schaefer,sun reporters

A light rail train driver and five passengers were taken to hospitals with minor injuries after the train and a tractor-trailer truck collided yesterday in Hunt Valley, authorities said.

The train was derailed by the collision, leading to an interruption of service in the area.

The truck driver was traveling south on Gilroy Road near Schilling Circle about 10:45 a.m. when he made a left turn to cross the tracks, according to Maj. Stanford Franklin, a Maryland Transit Administration police spokesman.

The driver is accused of failing to heed a sign that lights up as trains approach, prohibiting left turns at the crossing, MTA officials said. The sign was functioning at the time of the accident, the officials said.

The driver, identified as Marshall F. Hartsell Jr., 65, of Prescott, Mich., was given a citation charging him with failing to yield to oncoming traffic while making a left turn, MTA officials said. The truck is owned by T.S. Expediting Services of Toledo, Ohio, according to the MTA.

There were 20 passengers on the northbound train at the time of the accident, officials Two people were taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center and four were taken to St. Joseph Medical Center, authorities said.

After the collision, the train remained upright, but the front section was pushed several feet off the track. A damaged door from the train was in a nearby snowy area. Because the derailment disrupted light rail service, MTA provided buses for train passengers, officals said.

About 2 p.m., the train was moved to a maintenance facility, MTA officials said. Shortly thereafter, light rail service was restored, officials said.

Damage to the light rail train was estimated at $100,000, MTA officials said.

nicholas.shields@baltsun.com andrew.schaefer@baltsun.com

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