Reporting Tim Williams
COCKEYSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — Riders on a northbound light rail train got an unexpected detour Saturday morning.
As Tim Williams reports, despite the lack of rain or snow, weather could have been a factor.
It is an unexpected stop for passengers aboard a northbound light rail train.
“Obviously, as we can see, he came out of nowhere and hit the train,” said passenger Jasmine McCall.
Witnesses, all of them riders, said the driver of a small burgundy Ford crossed into the path of the train at the intersection of Warren and Beaver Dam roads.
“We just heard the driver slam on the brakes and then we saw the car flash and trying to beat the gate and the train,” said passenger Howard Brooks.
The driver did not speak to WJZ, but was able to climb from the vehicle unharmed. He reportedly told witnesses the sun prevented him from seeing both the flashing red lights and the oncoming train.
“He said the glare got in his eyes, so I don’t know,” Brooks said.
The train was not traveling at a high rate of speed but did substantial damage to the car.
Police said no one aboard was seriously hurt.
“I noticed it because I was falling asleep and I hit my head because the thing jerked, but no, not real bad,” said McCall.
Passengers walked to the next closest stop where another train picked them up after this detour to their daily routine.
“I leave early to get to work on time,” Brooks said.
The investigation into the cause of the accident continues.
Engineers tested the track and lights before reopening the route to traffic.