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St. Frances Academy football player dies in Light Rail crash

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Posted at 8:41 AM, Feb 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-04 08:19:51-05

LINTHICUM, Md. — A car and Light Rail train collided Wednesday in Linthicum leaving a teenage football player dead.

It happened just after 9am at the railroad crossing on Maple Road West near Camp Meade Road.

Lamar Patterson, 17, drove across as traffic gates were in the process of being lowered for an oncoming train.

Although the train blared its horn and railroad lights were flashing red, the gates did not come down in time to completely block Patterson from driving through and being fatally struck.

Only the conductor was aboard the train at the time. They were not hurt.

Investigators do not believe that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. They also have not ruled out the possibility of error on the part of the MTA train operator.

Patterson was originally from Florida and transferred to St. Frances Academy to play football.