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Aberdeen police have identified the man hit and killed by an Amtrak train near the Aberdeen station last Friday.

James Dexter Sharon, 48, with no fixed address, but known by police to frequent to the Aberdeen area, was hit by a southbound Amtrak passenger train south of the Aberdeen station in the 600 block of Pulaski Highway last Friday.

Aberdeen and Amtrak police are investigating the death, but Aberdeen is the lead agency.

Aberdeen police responded to the scene around 2:30 p.m. last Friday after receiving a call about a body lying 15 feet from the track, according to Sgt. Fred Budnick, of the Aberdeen Police Department.

The train, which originated in New York, was traveling to Washington, D.C. None of the train’s 143 passengers or crew members was injured, according to Tracy Connell, spokeswoman for Amtrak.

The passengers were taken off the train and put on another southbound train coming behind the first to complete their trip to Baltimore then on to Washington.

The authorized track speed in the area of the accident is 125 mph, according to Connell, who also said there is no fence along the tracks in that area.

“But we don’t have the actual speed yet,” Connell added.

Two weeks ago, Anna Marie Stickel, a 14-year-old student, was killed by an Amtrak train in Middle River while crossing the tracks on her way to school.

The last Amtrak-related fatality in Harford County occurred in late 2006 when a 43-year-old Havre de Grace man was hit and killed by a train when he crossed the tracks near Havre de Grace Middle School. He was one of three people hit and killed by Amtrak passenger trains in Harford County during 2006.




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