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Man hit by train, dies

May 06, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man walking on a set of railroad tracks next to a moving train may not have realized another train was approaching him, causing him to be hit and killed Tuesday morning, police said.

Ray A. Meetze, 43, of 217 E. Liberty St., Martinsburg, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Lt. Tim Catlett, of the Martinsburg Police Department.

Meetze was walking on one set of two parallel tracks, while a moving train was on the next set. Catlett said police believe that if Meetze heard any noises from a train, he assumed they were coming from the train next to him.

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The CSX freight train that hit Meetze, which was carrying various items, was traveling at the speed limit, police said. No charges have been filed and Catlett called the collision an accident.

Meetze was hit at 11:40 a.m. on the tracks off Swartz Street, behind the historic Gen. Adam Stephen House. When police and emergency personnel arrived, they found Meetze's body near the tracks, police said.

The train was on a westbound route, but the layout of the tracks meant it was actually heading north at the time, Catlett said. He said the train operator braked, but was unable to come to a complete stop in time to avoid hitting Meetze.

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