Person struck and killed by train in Havre de Grace

February 24, 2012|AEGIS STAFF REPORT

A person was struck and killed by an Amtrak passenger train in Havre de Grace early Friday morning, Havre de Grace city police said.

At 12:35 a.m. officers from the Havre de Grace Police Department, members of the Susquehanna Hose Company and the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps responded to a report of an individual being struck by an Amtrak train in the area of Post Road.

Upon arrival, officers located one victim on the railroad tracks at the end of the 400 block of Webb Lane, according to a news release from the Havre de Grace Police Department.

The victim, whose name and gender were not available, was deceased, according to the release. No other victims were discovered.

No other information on the victim was available.

Steve Kulm, an Amtrak spokesman, said the train, Northeast Regional train No. 177 southbound from Boston to Washington, struck the victim at approximately 12:24 a.m.

There were 91 passengers on board the train, Kulm said. No passengers or crew were injured.

The train resumed its trip south at 2:52 a.m. Kulm said, a delay of about two and a half hours.

Kulm said the speed limits for Amtrak trains in the area of the accident is 125 mph; however, he also said that may have not been the train's actual speed at the time of the accident.

Though parts of the Amtrak Northeast corridor tracks are fenced off, Kulm said he did not know if any fencing is in place in the area where the accident occurred.

Kulm said further information on the victim is being handled by the Havre de Grace Police Department. PFC Jeff Gilpin, the department's chief spokesman, was not immediately available around 8 a.m. Friday.

It has been just over six years since a death occurred on the Amtrak tracks in the city.

A 43-year-old man died after being hit by an Amtrak train in the vicinity of Havre de Grace Middle School in December 2006. In March 2006, a 43-year-old man, whom Amtrak police said was trespassing, was hit near Juniata Street. In February 2005, an 11-year-old boy was killed by an Amtrak train in the vicinity of the bridge carrying Lewis Lane over the tracks.

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