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Police: Man killed by train didn't react to sounds of approaching locomotive

July 29, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who was struck and killed by a train east of Martinsburg on Wednesday night near the Blairton Road railroad crossing did not react to the sound of the approaching locomotive or its horn, which was sounded continuously, West Virginia State Police said Thursday.

The identity of the man, who was about 40 years old, was not released by State Police Sgt. T.C. Kearns, who said in a news release that family notification and positive identification were pending.

CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan said Thursday that the train was en route to Baltimore from Chicago and three locomotives were pulling 20 freight cars when the incident happened at about 10 p.m.

Preliminary information indicates the man was walking east on the railroad tracks with his back to the train, Kearns said in the news release.

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The man was alone at the time of the accident and was killed on impact, according to Kearns.

"The decedent reportedly did not react to the train or train horn as it was sounded continually by the engineer who noticed the subject," Kearns said in the news release. Trooper M.D. Gillmore was investigating the fatality.

No other information was available Thursday night.

- Matthew Umstead

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