Sunbathing On The Train Tracks

Man has narrow escape on tracks

A homeless man narrowly escaped death or serious injury yesterday afternoon when he was hit by a CSX train while lying on the tracks near Middle River and sunning himself, Baltimore County police said.

Shortly before 1 p.m., a CSX engine pulling 29 freight cars was traveling about 30 mph in the rear of the 9200 block of Pulaski Highway in Middle River when the conductor, William Dunnane, 61, saw what he thought was a log lying across the tracks and applied the train’s brakes, county police said….

Police said the man, John Steinbrickner, 61, apparently moved off the tracks in time to prevent being run over and sustained only a minor injury to his left knee.

You’d figure that being homeless, he’d have something better to do than to sunbathe on the railroad tracks. Like looking for a job, or panhandling or something. He was injured – he didn’t move quite fast enough to get out of the way. They lost track of him shortly after they took him to the hospital.

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Published in: on March 13, 2008 at 11:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

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