Man Reportedly Killed by Freight Train in Aberdeen

The crash happened near Advance Auto Parts, officials said.

A man was reportedly killed while crossing the tracks in Aberdeen.
A man was reportedly killed while crossing the tracks in Aberdeen.
A man was reportedly killed in what police said was a suicide by train in Aberdeen overnight.

First responders found a pedestrian who was hit by a train behind Advance Auto Parts in Aberdeen after midnight Sunday, the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association reported. The auto parts store is located in the 200 block of South Philadelphia Boulevard.

Aberdeen police said the Norfolk Southern freight train hit the man before midnight in what was believed to have been a suicide, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Suicides on the tracks are increasing in Maryland this year, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. The administration reports that there was one confirmed suicide on train tracks statewide in 2013—that was in December. Between January and April 2014, there were three suicides on Maryland train tracks, according to railroad officials.
APG Transplant July 14, 2014 at 02:57 PM
This is such a horrible tragedy. If only there was a better way to help young people believe that things can indeed get better. I am so sorry for your loss!
Lucie Melahn July 14, 2014 at 09:33 PM
Bipolar disorder can be a terminal disease. I have known Johnny for a number of years as an online friend, and I know how hard he and Jennilyn worked to help him. They did everything they possibly could. The illness overcame him in the end. I pray that he has found the peace that eluded him in life. God bless you all.
Lucie Melahn July 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM
For Sandy, my heart goes out to you in this terrible time. You have a beautiful, loving family, and I have no doubt he knew how much he was loved.
Dan Augustyniak July 15, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
Pete Grosso July 21, 2014 at 07:12 AM
Thoughts and prayers to the family of this young, troubled youth, but also to the innocent train crew that undoubtedly had to witness this first hand, sad all around.


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