Around 5:30 a.m. a man and woman were hit and killed by a train in St. Albans. Kanawha County Sheriff's say the two were walking along the train trestle when they were hit.
Another train had passed through the area moments ago and the conductor seen the two walking along a parallel set of tracks. The conductor had alerted the conductor of the CSX train heading towards the pair, but it was too late.
"CSX's sympathies are with those impacted by this incident and we remain committed to raising awareness about the dangers of being near railroad tracks," CSX spokesperson said in a statement to WSAZ. "Our goal is zero accidents, and tragic events like this underscore the importance of staying away from railroad tracks at all times. The only safe place for pedestrians to cross railroad tracks is at a marked crossing. Pedestrians should never walk beside tracks, on bridges or in tunnels because trains can be up to 3 feet wider than the tracks and can easily strike an unsuspecting pedestrian. Because CSX trains do not run on set schedules, you should always assume a train could come at any moment, from any direction. Also, trains cannot stop quickly. The average freight train can take more than a mile to stop after applying emergency brakes."
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