CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A woman who was believed to be homeless was struck and killed by a CSX freight train in the New River Gorge National River area Monday afternoon.
She was walking along the CSX mainline railroad tracks there when she was struck by a freight train and killed, said Robin Snyder, chief of interpretation and visitor services for the park.
The initial investigation revealed she had her head covered by a blanket during a heavy rainstorm as she walked along the tracks, according to Snyder. Engineers sounded horns on the train and attempted to brake, but she did not react in time to avoid being struck by a portion of the lead locomotive.
The incident occurred downstream from Glade Creek, to the right of the river, which places it in Fayette County.NPS rangers are working to identify the woman, who was African-American and approximately 50 years old, in a joint investigation of the accident with CSX detectives.