Pedestrian killed by Amtrak train in Aberdeen

Second Amtrak-related pedestrian death in Maryland this week

December 21, 2013|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

For the second time in less than a week, a pedestrian has been struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Maryland, disrupting regional service.

Just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday, a pedestrian was killed on Amtrak tracks in Aberdeen by the No. 168 Northeast Regional train, said Kimberly Woods, an Amtrak spokeswoman.

The northbound train headed to Boston through New York with 300 passengers remained stopped for close to three hours, until just after 7:20 p.m., passengers reported.

The delay caused congestion along rail lines through Baltimore and delayed several Amtrak trains. The Maryland Transit Administration said the Amtrak incident also affected MARC service, with at least one of its trains forced to hold south of Penn Station briefly because the station was "full of Amtrak trains."

None of the passengers or Amtrak crew were injured, and Amtrak Police are cooperating with local authorities in Harford County to investigate the incident, Woods said.

Dan Berger, 32, a passenger traveling from Washington to New York on the No. 168 train, said Amtrak crew handed out "water and snacks," but had few answers about how long the delay would last as passengers waited.

Alexandria Taliaferro, 19, a George Washington University student traveling home to New York for the holidays on the same train, said she was also given little information from Amtrak crew initially.

On Tuesday, a 55-year-old Delaware man named Kenneth Joseph Grabenstein was killed by a Amtrak Crescent train in Middle River.

The train engineer told police Grabenstein was "standing in the middle of the tracks, facing the train as it approached."

The initial investigation showed that Grabenstein may have committed suicide, police said.

Woods, with Amtrak, said she did not know what the circumstances were surrounding the pedestrian being on the track in Aberdeen.

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