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January 5, 2010

Amtrak fatality causes MARC ripple

A fatal incident this morning on the Amtrak tracks in Middle River this morning continues to affect service on the MARC Penn Line -- perhaps dragging into the evening commute.

Fourteen-year-old Anne Marie Stickle was killed just after 9 a.m. when she was hit by and Amtrak train while she and another teenager were walking along the tracks between her home in the 700 block  of Maple Crest Drive and Kenwood High School. According to police, the girls were not authorized to be on the tracks.

Here are some of the recent service updates issued by MARC:

 Due to earlier delays and cancellations, train 520 northbound Washington to  Perryville and train 535 southbound Perryville to Washington are both cancelled for today.  The next departure will be train 422. 

Passengers for Martins Airport, Edgewood, Aberdeen, and Perryville should ride train 422 to Baltimore, where alternate transportation will be available to your station. 

Stand by for updates on alternate arrangements for train 535.

The MTA later updated that notice with this:

Train 433 (3:30pm departure from Baltimore) will hold at Baltimore Penn to operate on train 535's schedule.  Train 433 will make all station stops today only.

For train 535's passengers from Perryville, Aberdeen, Edgewood, and Martins, Amtrak train #171 will stop to pick up MARC passengers.  The following are ESTIMATED departure times for Amtrak train 171 at MARC
stations:

Perryville-2:55pm
Aberdeen-3:04pm
Edgewood-3:10pm
Martins Airport-3:18pm

These are ESTIMATED times.  Please arrive at your station at least fifteen minutes early to ensure that you make the train.

We regret the inconvenience of the disruptions this afternoon.

 

Posted by Michael Dresser at 2:16 PM | | Comments (6)
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Comments

Greetings. I grew up in Essex. And though I did not attend Kenwood HS I do know the area and location of this tragic accident. People have been crossing those tracks for years, decades. Everyone down there knows not to, but I bet if anyone would visit that spot any time of the day, people will cross those tracks to visit friends, relatives, go to school, shopping, whatever. Amtrak has the right to say no as it IS their property, but why doesn't anyone in Md. DoT promote the building of bridges over RR tracks in suburban areas like Middle River/Essex (or Relay/St. Denis or Halethorpe) for safety's sake. The State's MARC trains use these tracks too. Granted, this effort would be grossly after the fact, but it would prevent another tragedy as this. Thank you.

Amtrak fatality causes a dead human being.

I grew up in the Essex/Middle River area. Lived on both sides of the tracks, went to Kenwood High School, and would constantly cross the tracks to go to the boys and gilrls club. My family also knew Anna and her family. We were nieghbors in Carrol Island. My oldest son went to elementry school with her. He was devastated when he heard the news. I think its about time the state steps in and does something before somebody else has their life cut short. Whether it be a crosswalk or barrier walls something has to be done. She was a sweet girl and will be missed our condolenses to the Stickel family.

Extremely sad event, but some of the blame has to go on the girl's parents for not telling her that you NEVER stay on train tracks.

Cross them if you absolutely have to, yes.... but NEVER walk down them following them ever.

I grew up in the Essex/Middle River area. Lived on both sides of the tracks, went to Kenwood High School, and would constantly cross the tracks to go to the boys and gilrls club. My family also knew Anna and her family. We were nieghbors in Carrol Island. My oldest son went to elementry school with her. He was devastated when he heard the news. I think its about time the state steps in and does something before somebody else has their life cut short. Whether it be a crosswalk or barrier walls something has to be done. She was a sweet girl and will be missed our condolenses to the Stickel family.

Posted by: Ben Douglass | January 6, 2010 3:23 PM
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Easy solution: a raised crosswalk like I saw one time over the train tracks in Aberdeen, Maryland to allow people to cross the train tracks without ever being anywhere NEAR the train tracks themselves to get hit.

Interstate highways are properly fenced paid by Feds;
so must be NE HS corridor. Amtrak be given resources to do so; no questions about it. Good civic duty that will create positive construction jobs; do not pass the blame, provide resources for Nations Infrastructure and not 3 trillion for wars & weapons!!

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About Michael Dresser
Michael Dresser has been an editor, reporter and columnist with The Sun longer than Baltimore's had a subway. He's covered retailing, telecommunications, state politics and wine. Since 2004, he's been The Sun's transportation writer. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife and travel companion, Cindy.

His Getting There column appears on Mondays. Mike's blog will be a forum for all who are interested in highways, transit and other transportation issues affecting Baltimore, Maryland and the region.
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