Cumberland Times-News

October 17, 2013

City man cited after train hits car - 10/18


Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — A city man escaped injuries Wednesday night when he trespassed on CSX Railroad property off Industrial Boulevard and then was struck by an Amtrak passenger train traveling at 40 mph, according to the Cumberland Police Department.

Raymond E. Lewis, 45, was cited for disobeying controlled access highway restriction following the 7:23 p.m. incident that occurred on CSX Drive, police said.

Police said that Lewis drove his Chevrolet Cavalier into the CSX railroad yard and entered an unauthorized area that was blocked off by gates. The vehicle then dipped from the access road into gravel before it became disabled on the side of the track in which an oncoming passenger train was approaching.

Lewis was able to safely leave the area before a ladder from the one of the train’s engines struck the vehicle. The train then stopped.

Police said the Amtrak train was carrying 210 passengers from Washington, D.C., to Chicago when the accident occurred, causing a one-hour delay.

Police said Lewis passed several No Trespassing signs that were clearly posted throughout the CSX property.