Car, light rail train collide downtown

seven injured

March 18, 2007|By Michael Dresser

Seven people were injured yesterday when a car collided with a light rail train in downtown Baltimore, disrupting service throughout the system, the Maryland Transit Administration said.

Holly Henderson, an MTA spokeswoman, said the driver of a Honda Accord with Florida tags made an illegal left turn in front of a northbound train between Pratt and Lombard streets about 1:55 p.m.

Henderson said the driver and the train's operator were unhurt, but seven light rail passengers were taken to local hospitals with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

The driver of the car was charged with making an illegal turn, Henderson said. MTA Police did not release the driver's name, saying the incident was still under investigation.

The MTA operated a bus shuttle between the Camden Yards and North Avenue stops. Henderson said normal operations were restored by 4 p.m.

The accident was the second involving injuries this year as a result of a vehicle turning in front of a light rail train. The previous incident, in which six people were injured, occurred Feb. 9 in Hunt Valley when a truck driver made a left turn to cross the tracks at Gilroy Road and Schilling Circle, officials said.

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