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W.Va. man killed when hit by train

September 24, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

RANSON, W.Va. - A 45-year-old Charles Town, W.Va., man was killed early Sunday when he was struck by a train off West Fifth Avenue, a Ranson Police Department spokesman said.

Sgt. Todd Lutman said police believe John Eric Stevenson of Martin Luther King Avenue was asleep on the railroad tracks when he was struck about 5:22 a.m.

A conductor on the train said Stevenson was sitting on the tracks and it appeared he was resting his head on his hands, Lutman said.

The train could not be stopped in time to avoid striking Stevenson, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Lutman said.

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No one other than Stevenson was in the area, and it is unclear why Stevenson was on the tracks, Lutman said.

An investigation is continuing, Lutman said.

The accident occurred near a City of Charles Town maintenance building, Lutman said. It was a Norfolk and Southern line, and Stevenson was struck about 30 yards from West Fifth Avenue, which dead ends in the area, Lutman said.

Lutman said he did not have any background information about Stevenson and did not know him.

Train traffic crosses through different parts of Ranson and there are several crossings in the area.

In May of last year, a 55-year-old Ranson man was killed when he was struck by a Norfolk and Southern train off Moffett's Way.

It is believed that Larry Legg was walking to his house about two blocks away when he was struck behind a tattoo shop along North Mildred Street, Ranson Police said.

Ranson Police Chief Bill Roper said people periodically cross the tracks in the area where Legg was struck.

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