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Train kills man in St. Albans

By Staff reports

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- A train struck and killed a 55-year-old St. Albans man Saturday afternoon.

Michael R. Pierson was on a railroad bridge at the Gateway Shopping Center in St. Albans when an eastbound train struck him shortly before 1 p.m., said St. Albans Police Capt. James Agee.

Witnesses said Pierson was sitting beside the track as the train approached. He then stood up and appeared to stumble while walking across the rails, Agee said.

The collision killed him outright.

CSX reported the incident. The train's operators followed proper stopping procedures after spotting the man, Agee said. The incident was captured on the train's onboard cameras, he said. St. Albans Police Sgt. M.T. Page is leading the investigation.

Saturday was the second day in a row that a person was killed by a train in Kanawha County.

An Amtrak passenger train struck and killed a person at 9 p.m. Friday on Paint Creek Road in Hansford. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies are investigating.

The train, also known as the Cardinal, was carrying 165 passengers en route from New York to Chicago, Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said. No passengers or crewmembers were injured. The incident stopped the train for four hours.

 


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