Light rail train strikes, kills city pedestrian


A 50-year-old man died yesterday morning after he was struck by a light rail train while crossing a street in downtown Baltimore, police said.

John Robert Hucks Jr. was struck about 8: 15 a.m. as he attempted to cross from the east side of the 100 block of S. Howard St., police said. Hucks suffered severe head injuries and died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman.

Witnesses told police that Hucks walked between two parked tractor-trailer trucks and then stepped onto the street, where he was hit by the northbound train.

Cook-Hayes said police were checking on Hucks' address but confirmed he resided in the city.

In accordance with state Mass Transit Administration policy, the train operator will be tested for drug use but has not been suspended, said Anthony Brown, MTA spokesman.

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