A woman was seriously injured Monday evening when she walked into the side of a moving light rail train at Lombard and Howard streets, just west of Baltimore's downtown, officials said.

The accident occurred about 5:35 p.m., halting trains and forcing police to close off several streets during the evening rush hour. Trains were back and service and streets reopened about 6 p.m., police said.

Terry Owens, a spokesman for the Maryland Transit Administration, said the woman struck the right front corner of the train, apparently while trying to cross the tracks that run north and south on Howard Street. He said the woman did not go under the train and was not hit by the wheels.

The woman was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where fire officials said she was in serious condition.

peter.hermann@baltsun.com

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