...rTC A man who stood on the tracks and turned his back to an oncoming train was struck and critically injured in Lutherville last night in the first pedestrian mishap along the Mass Transit Administration's new Central Light Rail line.
MTA Police Chief Larry Engleman said the 36-year-old Lutherville man, whose name was withheld, stepped out of a wooded area on the east side of the rail line south of Seminary Avenue about 9:30 p.m. The man appeared to make no effort to get out of the northbound train's path before it struck and threw him to the side of the tracks, Chief Engleman said.
The train's operator saw the man, but was unable to stop until after the impact.
Baltimore County paramedics carried the victim on a stretcher to a Seminary Park athletic field, and a Medevac helicopter arrived shortly after 10 p.m. to take him to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Chief Engleman said the man was in critical condition, with head, chest, neck and leg injuries.
Chief Engleman said that the train would be tested to assure that it functioned properly during the emergency stop, and that the operator would, as a matter of routine, undergo drug and alcohol testing.