A man was killed after being struck by a light rail train in downtown Baltimore on Thursday morning, authorities said.
The incident shut down a large section of Howard Street, where the tracks run, as well as commuter rail service through the downtown corridor.
Medics responded after 8:30 a.m. to Howard and Clay streets for a report of a pedestrian struck, fire department spokeswoman Blair Skinner said.
Police on Friday identified the victim as Timothy Mullins, 58, of Baltimore.
T.J. Smith, a Baltimore Police spokesman, said it appeared the man was dragged by a southbound train on Howard Street for several blocks — struck somewhere between W. Mulberry and W. Saratoga streets and “ultimately dislodged” from the train somewhere south of W. Lexington Street.
“It’s a large scene that spans several blocks, so our investigation is going to continue,” said T.J. Smith, a Baltimore Police spokesman, about 10:30 a.m. “We apologize for the inconvenience, but understand that our investigators are right now at a loved one's house alerting them to the death.”
A notice was posted to the MTA website that said service between North Avenue and Camden Yards was temporarily suspended due to “police and emergency personnel activity.”
MTA spokesman Paul Shepard asked pedestrians to give trains the right of way, as they “cannot stop on a dime.”
Over the past five years, there have been 42 incidents in which a pedestrian was struck by a light rail train — six of which were fatal, the MTA said.
The agency made shuttle bus service available to accommodate passengers between stations.
Smith called the publishing of “disturbing” images from the scene to social media “completely unfair to this victim’s family,” and asked anyone with pictures or video from the scene to refrain from posting it on social media and to provide it to police investigators instead.
Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell and Kevin Rector contributed to this article.