"All of a sudden, I heard the train come to an abrupt stop. I heard the train brakes, and it sounded like the wheels locked up on it," said Mason.
Patricia Delaney, 53, of Hedgesville, W.Va., and Wilma Hyson, 44, of Inwood, W.Va., were killed Sunday when the car they were in was struck by a 76-car freight train carrying West Virginia coal from Cumberland, Md., to Baltimore.
The two women had about a mile of visibility to the west, the direction from which the train was coming, Gould said.
"They should have seen the train coming," said Gould.
West Virginia State Police, who responded to the accident, did not have additional details Monday. Although an investigation was continuing, the probe was not expected to concentrate on who was at fault, said a state police spokeswoman.
The only issue state police will concentrate on is whether any laws were violated, the spokeswoman said.
Gould would not release the names of the train's crew.
Delaney and Hyson died after the 1986 Buick Skylark in which they were riding was struck by the train about 2 p.m., officials said. The collision occurred as Delaney and Hyson were leaving the Potomac campground, located off River Road about nine miles north of Berkeley Springs, officials said.
Delaney, the driver of the car, crossed the railroad tracks at an unmarked private railroad crossing. Gould said he did not believe CSX built the dirt and gravel crossing.
Delaney had been looking for a lot on which to locate a recreational trailer, said Raymond Delaney, Patricia Delaney's former husband. Delaney said his former wife had become more interested in the outdoors following their divorce about five years ago.
Raymond Delaney said he and Patricia had been life-long friends, and had stayed in touch after their breakup.
"It's unreal," Raymond Delaney said, reacting to the accident. "I figure eventually, we would have gotten back together," he said.
Hyson was a friend of Patricia Delaney's who apparently had gone along for the ride, Raymond Delaney said.
Delaney managed recreational facilities at the Woods Resort and Conference Center near Hedgesville for about 14 years, Raymond Delaney said. She is survived by a son, two daughters and a foster daughter, according to her obituary.
Hyson worked at Aker Plastics of Martinsburg, according to company officials and friends.