Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Police: Pedestrian killed by train was lying in tracks

State police say a woman was struck by an Amtrak train while lying across the CSX Railroad Subdivision tracks at milepost 38 around 5:48 p.m. Sunday. (Courtesy Google Maps)

Update Monday, Aug. 21: Virginia State Police Public Relations Director Corinne Geller said police are still investigating Sunday’s pedestrian fatality along train tracks in Williamsburg, but preliminary investigation revealed the victim was laying on the tracks at the time. 

While police originally reported the incident occurred in York County, it actually occurred within the City of Williamsburg, Geller said. The Williamsburg Police Department is assisting the investigation.

Geller said a woman was struck by an Amtrak train while lying across the CSX Railroad Subdivision tracks at milepost 38 around 5:48 p.m. Sunday. 

The train’s conductor blared the horn several times, but the woman “refused to leave the tracks,” according to Geller. The train was unable to stop in time before striking the woman.

Police are still trying to identify the pedestrian who was killed by the train. She has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for an autopsy and examination.

Update Sunday 9:20 p.m.: The pedestrian who was struck by the train is deceased, according to Virginia State Police Public Relations Director Corinne Geller.

According to Geller, state police were called to Bypass Road at 5:56 p.m. and the incident remains under investigation.

The pedestrian’s name has not yet been released.

Original story: A pedestrian was struck by a train in York County Sunday, according to Shelley Ward, a spokesperson for York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office.

Ward did not know the status of their injuries but said Virginia State Police are investigating.

State police did not respond to a request for comment.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

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