Man struck by freight train in JCC

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These CSX tracks in Williamsburg lead to the site of the May 20 train accident. A W.Va. man was struck and killed by a CSX train. (Photo by Kirsten Petersen)
These CSX tracks in Williamsburg lead to the site of the May 20 train accident. A W.Va. man was struck and killed by a CSX train. (Photo by Kirsten Petersen)

An unidentified man is in critical condition after being struck by a train near Rose Lane and Croaker Road Sunday.

According to Deputy Chief Steve Rubino, a spokesperson for the James City County Police Department, an employee of CSX called the JCCPD just before 4 a.m. Sunday morning to report that a pedestrian had been hit by a train.

The JCCPD called in the Virginia State Police at approximately 4:35 a.m. and further investigation revealed that a CSX train struck a male pedestrian on the railroad tracks.

According to Sgt. Michelle Anaya, spokesperson for the Virginia State Police, the unknown male was extricated out from underneath the train and flown to the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond.  The man is still in critical condition and troopers are still investigating the incident and attempting to identify the victim.

The accident comes just months after 25-year-old Kenneth Gene Graham III of Cool Ridge, W.Va. was struck and killed by a CSX train in the City of Williamsburg on May 20.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Update 8 p.m. Aug. 14:

According to Rob Doolittle, a CSX spokesperson, the incident occurred around 4 a.m., when a CSX train traveling from Richmond to Newport News struck a man in JCC. Regular train service did not resume until 11:30 a.m.

“Incidents like this underscore the need for pedestrians to be very cautious around railroad tracks,” he said. “Our recommendation is that people only cross tracks at marked crossings, where there are clear warning signs. Modern freight trains are surprisingly quiet, move very quickly and can take up to a mile to stop. There is not much an engineer can do to stop a train when they see someone in front of them. A train can only go where the tracks are.”

Update 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15:

The victim in Sunday’s accident has been positively identified as 21-year-old Dominic Ristaino of Williamsburg, according to Sgt. Michelle Anaya, a spokesperson for the Virginia State Police.

“The investigation is still ongoing and details of the incident are still being investigated by State Police,” Anaya wrote in a release.