(Davy and St. Albans, West Virginia – February 8/9, 2013)
Two men died in separate Norfolk Southern railroad trestle accidents Friday morning and Saturday evening in two rural communities in southwestern West Virginia this past weekend.
The first tragedy occurred early Friday morning at about 7:20 A.M. when an as-yet unidentified 38-year-old man was struck by a NS freight train traveling from Roanoke, VA to Williamson, WV in Davy, WV, about a mile and a half northwest of the McDowell County Seat of Welch, WV.
Chief Deputy James Muncy of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office said that his department was being assisted by the Norfolk Southern Railroad Police, and that the victim’s name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.
The second fatality occurred at about 6:00 P.M. Saturday in the 300 block of B Street where Norfolk Southern tracks cross the Coal River in St. Albans, WV, when a man identified as Kevin Moles, 48, of St. Albans was walking with two young girls, the oldest about 10, and the three began to cross the trestle. The two girls heard a train coming and got off the tracks, but Moles continued walking across the trestle where he was struck by the train.
St. Albans EMT’s and law enforcement officers found the victim below the trestle, having died from what were described as massive head trauma and numerous broken bones. Neither of the girls were hurt nor was either able to provide any reason why Moles did not exit the tracks when they did.