Wayne B. Morris was enjoying a walk and decided to cross the train tracks on 5th and 8th Avenue near his home in Huntington, West Virginia (WV). Sadly, his stroll took a tragic turn. A CSX train was barreling down those same tracks and hit Wayne, according to wchstv.com. The force of the train propelled Wayne nearly 30 feet. He was just 53 years old.
My deepest condolences go out to Mr. Morris' friends and family. Accidents of this nature are terrible.
The investigation is still on-going, but it appears the Huntington Police Department is already making presumptions about the accident.
"Fortunately, it doesn't happen very often -- a person crossing where they're not supposed to," said Sgt. John Williams, according to the Herald-Dispatch.
Were there signs indicating not to cross at that particular area? Did the CSX train follow proper procedure in trying to slow down when the engineer noticed Wayne crossing the tracks? Did the train's horn blow when it should have? What are the sight lines like for pedestrians to see the train and train crew to see Wayne? These questions remain unanswered.
As an injury lawyer who regularly handles train accident cases, I cannot overstress the importance of waiting until all the facts have been brought to light before making any type of determinations about an accident. Hopefully, we'll get to the bottom of what happened in West Virginia (VA).
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