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Man killed by train in Marmet

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A train hit and killed a man in Marmet early Sunday morning, Marmet police said.

Tony Canterbury, 45, was sitting on the tracks near the intersection of 98th Street and MacCorkle Avenue Southeast just after 4 a.m. Sunday, Inspector Paris Workman, of the Marmet Police Department said. Video shot from the approaching CSX train shows that Canterbury never moved as the train neared.

He was hit and pronounced dead on the scene.

Canterbury had a listed address in Belle, but was living in Chesapeake, Workman said.

Police are awaiting a report from the state medical examiner's office, Workman said.

A Metro 911 dispatcher said that they got a call from a CSX dispatcher saying that one of their engineers had struck a pedestrian that was sitting on the tracks.

CSX owns the tracks where the incident occurred.

It is the fourth time a pedestrian has been hit in that area in the last two years.

Just two weeks ago Anthony Dawkins, 53, was killed at the same intersection in broad daylight.

Workman said he didn't know why that area has proven so dangerous.

"I have no idea, it's absolutely crazy," he said.

He also said that people found on train tracks will be arrested.

"A lot of times you can holler and say, 'get off that track,' but I think after this many, folks need to understand that's dangerous. Even running a railroad crossing when the gates are down, I don't understand that," Workman said. "It's hard to see something at 4 in the morning, but if you're on the tracks in the Marmet city limits you will be arrested."

Canterbury is at least the 12th pedestrian to be killed by a train in West Virginia in 2013, according to data from the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety.

Reach David Gutman at david.gutman@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5119.

 


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