Man hit by train was wearing headphones
A man who was struck and injured by a train at Halethorpe Thursday -- interrupting or delaying Amtrak and MARC service about midday -- was wearing head phones as he crossed the tracks and failed to hear the oncoming Acela Express, according to Baltimore County police.
The victim -- described by Amtrak spokeswoman Danelle Hunter as a white male "trespasser" of about 30 -- was taken to Maryland Shock-Trauma Center. Lt. Robert O. McCullough, the county police spokesman, said the man was still alive late Thursday afternoon.
Hunter said the Washington-to-New York Acela train, with 121 passengers aboard, was held at the scene for more than an hour after the 11:27 a.m. incident. Maryland Transit Administration spokesman Terry Owens said two MARC Penn Line trains were delayed.
Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost said the call came in at 11:41 a.m. and the victim was taken by ground to Shock-Trauma.
The victim is the second person in Maryland to have been struck by a train while wearing headphones in just over a year. In January 2010, 14-year-old Anna Marie Stickel was hit by an Amtrak train at Middle River while walking along the tracks and listening to music. She was killed.
In Halethorpe, there is a pedestrian bridge at the MARC station on Southwestern Boulevard. But local residents say it is not unusual for people to cross the tracks at ground level to avoid the steep climb.