IRS sets up fund for family of employee killed by train

December 16, 1999|By JULIE E. GREENE

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Internal Revenue Service has set up a tax-exempt fund to help the family of Sandra Creamer, a Charles Town woman who died Wednesday after being struck by a train in Brunswick, Md.

Creamer, 43, was crossing the tracks before dawn to reach a commuter platform to get to her IRS job in Washington, D.C., when she was struck by the train, according to Brunswick police.

Police said Creamer, who was hearing impaired, apparently couldn't hear the CSX locomotive's horn. The freight train was traveling approximately 40 mph on its way from Baltimore to Detroit, police said.

Police Chief Philip O'Donnell said he's "pretty convinced it was an accident," but he was trying to find more witnesses.

The crossing gates were down and warning lights were flashing when the train struck Creamer shortly before 5:30 a.m.

Jerry Jones, one of Creamer's supervisors, said Creamer's death was a shock.


The IRS has set up a relief fund to pay for funeral expenses and help Creamer's two children, Jones said. Details about how to donate to the fund were not available Thursday.

Creamer was the single mother of a daughter who is a junior at Jefferson High School, and a son who is a freshman at Marshall University, Jones said.

He said her family lives in North Dakota, but her former mother-in-law lives in the Charles Town area.

"She was a reliable employee who was always extremely pleasant, very upbeat," Jones said.

Creamer worked in the Office of Revenue Analysis in the CNN Building near Union Station in Washington, D.C.

Jones said Creamer began working there about a year ago after having worked at the IRS's Martinsburg, W.Va., office for several years. She had been an IRS employee for 15 years.

Creamer was a computer technician who "talked" or gave commands to mainframe computers in Martinsburg and Detroit about tax data, Jones said.

While Creamer couldn't hear or speak well, she could read lips, Jones said.

When discussing a project an interpreter would be called in or they would exchange handwritten notes, he said.

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