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Man struck, killed by Amtrak train near Aberdeen

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A man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train near Aberdeen late Saturday afternoon.

According to Kimberly Woods, Amtrak spokeswoman, the incident occurred around 4:34 p.m. when northbound Northeast Regional Train 168 struck a person trespassing on Amtrak tracks just north of the Aberdeen city limits.

There were 300 passengers onboard the train, which was traveling from Baltimore to Wilmington, Del., at the time of the incident, Woods said.

"There were no reported injuries to passengers or crew," Woods said.

The victim was identified Sunday as Michael Scott Grace Jr. His age and address were not available.

The train, which departed from Union Station in Washington, D.C., was headed to Boston. Train 168 had made stops in New Carrollton, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Baltimore.

After the accident, the train was stopped until just after 7:20 p.m., passengers reported.

That delay caused congestion along rail lines through Baltimore and delayed several Amtrak trains. The Maryland Transit Administration said the Amtrak incident also affected MARC service, with at least one of its trains forced to hold south of Penn Station briefly because the station was "full of Amtrak trains."

Woods said the Amtrak police are actively investigating the incident, along with the Aberdeen Police Department. The location of the accident was on the tracks between Route 40 and Old Philadelphia Road, east of the Route 22 overpass.

Much of the Amtrak right-of-way through Harford has chain link fencing on both sides of the tracks to discourage trespassing where train speeds can exceed 100 mph.

Woods said she did not know the speed of the train at the time of the accident, nor did she know if the tracks are fenced in that area.

Earlier this year, a man was killed when he was hit by a freight train while walking along the CSX railroad tracks in Joppa.

Kevin Rector of The Baltimore Sun contributed to this article.

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