Person hit, killed by train in Middle River

MIDDLE RIVER, Md. - One person is dead after getting hit by a train in Middle River Tuesday.

Around 11:09 a.m. a man was walking on the tracks in the area of Orems Road and Entrance Drive when an Amtrak train hit him, Baltimore County police said.

Police identified the victim as Kenneth Joseph Grabenstein, 55, of Deleware.  Grabenstein was dead upon police arrival.

The area where the victim was struck is the latest incident involving pedestrians on the track.

Concern over safety along the track increased in January 2010 when 14-year-old Anna Marie Stickel was struck and killed by an Amtrak train while walking along the tracks while taking an unauthorized shortcut to Kenwood High School that was popular among many students for years.

Then in 2011, after an effort led by Stickel's mother, Amtrak installed new fencing on both sides of the tracks from Martin Boulevard southwest to where it meets up with an existing fence.  

A portion of the existing fence was also replaced.  In all, more than 6,400-feet of fencing was installed and additional "No Trespassing" signs were posted to deter access to the railroad track as part of the $3.1 million project.

In all, there are two miles of continuous fencing from Martin Boulevard to Stemmers Run Road.

Amtrack Police continue to investigate this incident.

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