Man struck by train in Martinsburg identified

July 01, 2011
  • The body of a person found near CSX Railroad tracks in Martinsburg, W.Va., is placed into a waiting vehicle Friday afernoon.
By Matthew Umstead/Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Martinsburg, W.Va., man died when he was struck by a train Friday while standing near the railroad tracks just south of the East Burke Street underpass, the Martinsburg Police Department said.

Mark A. Gagnon, 58, of 109 Koncer Drive, Apt. 8, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a police department news release.

Medical Examiners C. Shirley and D. Shirley determined that the cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma.

Police said Gagnon's death was ruled accidental.

The train's conductor told police that Gagnon was struck while he was standing to the left of the tracks with his ears covered.

Gagnon had been walking in the middle of the rails with his back to the train, but moved only slightly to the side when the engineer blew the horn to get his attention, the release said.

CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan said Friday night that he didn't have many details of the accident, other than the train was traveling from Philadelphia to Connellsville, Pa., when the accident occurred at about 2 p.m.

The train had two locomotives and 61 freight cars, Sullivan said. The train left the scene Friday afternoon after the investigation.

Gagnon's next of kin was contacted Friday with the help of the Frederick County (Md.) Sheriff's Department, the release said.

— Dan Dearth

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