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22 Hurt as Train Rams Barrier at Baltimore Airport

August 16, 2000|From Associated Press

LINTHICUM, Md. — A light rail train carrying passengers to Baltimore-Washington International Airport slammed into a steel safety barrier outside the airport's International Pier on Tuesday morning, injuring 22 people.

Officials did not know how many passengers were on the train, but said most of the 22 injured were in the front car with the operator, identified as Dentis David Thomas.

Passengers were treated for bruises and back and neck pain.

Thomas, who has driven light-rail trains since 1994, told police that he "blacked out." He was treated for minor injuries and submitted to drug and alcohol tests immediately after the accident, officials said. Results of those tests were not available.

The wreck left the front of the train crushed.

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