Man injured in Joppa train incident

An 18-year-old man was hospitalized Sunday evening after he fell from a train on the CSX rail line in Joppa.

After being found along the section of track for freight trains between Clayton Road and Raspe Lane, the man was taken by a Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company ambulance to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore in "serious, but stable condition," according to a release from the fire company.

Harford County sheriff's deputies and Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company personnel arrived at the scene, along a section of track that runs parallel to Route 40 shortly before 6:15 p.m.

The man had been riding on the train, which is illegal, when he fell and "sustained minor injuries," according to a sheriff's office news release.

Cristie Kahler, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said Sunday night the victim's name would not be released until after his family had been notified.

The sheriff's office and CSX are investigating the incident, and Kahler said the exact circumstances remain investigation.

Kahler noted the tracks are the property of the rail line, and being on them is considered trespassing.

"Playing on or near train tracks, or walking on train tracks is not only illegal, but very dangerous," she said.

The evening incident was the second involving trains in Harford County this weekend. A man was killed just before midnight Saturday when he was struck by a Norfolk Southern freight train on the Aberdeen section of an Amtrak line.

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