Elderly man pulled to safety before train hits car

83-year-old, disoriented by fog, drove onto tracks

  • The scene of the crash on West Seminary Avenue.
The scene of the crash on West Seminary Avenue. (Michelle Deal-Zimmerman…)
January 23, 2012|By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun

An elderly man who mistakenly drove onto the light rail tracks in Lutherville was pulled to safety Monday evening by passersby shortly before a train slammed into his car, police and witnesses said.

Around 7:45, an 83-year-old man drove onto the tracks near Seminary Avenue and Front Avenue, Maryland Transit Administration spokesman Terry Owens said.

"The elderly gentleman became disoriented in the fog and wound up on the light rail tracks," he said.

Passersby helped the man from his car before a light rail train crashed into the vehicle, Owens said.

Owens said that no one was injured in the crash. Light rail trains were being diverted to a single track Monday evening so police could investigate, he said.

Baltimore Sun reporter Michelle Deal-Zimmerman contributed to this article.

Julie.scharper@baltsun.com

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