MTA conducts safety review after tram theft and crash in Linthicum – Capital Gazette

Maryland Transit Administration police are investigating how a 21-year-old was able to take control of a streetcar and ultimately run it into another locomotive.

Police have arrested and charged Aidan Francis McDonnell, 21, with trespassing, theft and reckless endangerment after he said he took control of the MTA train on November 3. McDonnell, a resident of Severna Park, told officers he drove the train. from the light rail workshop at Cromwell Station in Glen Burnie using an internet-based manual to operate the 44-ton locomotive, according to billing documents.

Footage of the incident shows McDonnell entering the train around 3:30 p.m. and leading it out of the light rail shop a short distance before returning and changing tracks around 4:15 p.m. shunted the train out of the yard. , traveling north about three miles on a track used by a southbound train, according to billing documents.

MTA police went to the track around 5 p.m. when dispatchers told officers a possibly robbed train was headed for a southbound train at Linthicum Station, according to the documents. ‘charge. A minute later, the trains collided. Several people on the southbound train suffered minor injuries. The train McDonnell was operating was empty.

Asked how the train was robbed, Jerimiah Moerke, a spokesperson for the MTA, said in a statement that MTA police “continue to actively investigate the incident” and that the agency transport “performs a comprehensive review of security protocols”.

He described the crash as a “trespassing incident” and said a temporary bus bridge was in place for the remainder of Thursday evening.

McDonnell told police he had no intention of harming anyone and was released after his arrest. He is represented by Glen Burnie attorney Peter O’Neill, who declined to comment on the case.

McDonnell did not have a scheduled court date in online court filings.

Jose P. Rogers