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Jefferson County man struck by train, killed at Harpers Ferry station

May 17, 2013

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — A Jefferson County, W.Va., man died when he was struck by a train Thursday evening at the train station in Harpers Ferry, the Harpers Ferry Police Department said.

Paul R. Cavalier, 78, of the Summit Point area, was pronounced dead at the scene by the medical examiner, according to a police department news release.

Police said they were dispatched at 7:20 p.m. to the train station at 112 Potomac St. for a report of a man who had been struck by a train.

An investigation determined that Cavalier failed to notice warning devices and stepped in front of an oncoming northbound train, according to the release.

Police said the medical examiner determined the cause of death was trauma to the body.

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