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Four injured after light rail, vehicle collide downtown

Four people were injured after a light rail train collided with a vehicle in downtown Baltimore on Tuesday morning, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

About 10:22 a.m., the driver of a Honda Civic traveling northbound on South Howard Street attempted to make "an illegal left turn" into a hotel entrance near the intersection with West Pratt Street when train No. 17 struck it, said Paulette Austrich, a MTA spokeswoman.

One of the vehicle's wheels became stuck under the front skirt of the train, Austrich said. The Civic also struck a southbound Jeep Wrangler.

Three adults and a child on the train reported minor injuries, and were transported to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Austrich said. No passengers in either vehicle involved reported injury, she said.

Austrich had initially said, incorrectly, that one vehicle passenger was injured and no train passengers were injured.

Riders on the train, headed northbound, were delayed about a half hour before being transferred onto another train, Austrich said.

The train and the vehicle were separated and the scene was cleared about 11:47 a.m., Austrich said.

The incident caused traffic back-ups in the central business district downtown and along the light rail system.

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