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Youth struck and killed by train

June 18, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A boy on a bicycle was struck and killed by a five-car MARC train Thursday night near Van Clevesville Road in Berkeley County, officials said.

Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster said the boy struck by the northbound train in the 7:35 p.m. accident had died. The body was covered by a sheet about two train-car lengths from Van Clevesville Road.

The boy's hat was lying about 15 feet from the intersection of the tracks and Van Clevesville Road.

Lemaster said two boys were attempting to cross the tracks on their bikes. The other boy was not injured and authorities were trying to find the boys' parents.

There were 30 to 40 people on the train, according to witnesses, many of whom used cell phones to call people to pick them up. Lemaster said the train was still blocking Van Clevesville Road as of 9 p.m. He said a new engineer was being brought in to take the train to the Martinsburg station.

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Bill Christian and Tom Carroll of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department were heading the investigation.

In addition to the sheriff's department, units from the Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority responded to the call.

-- Richard F. Belisle


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