SHORTCUT ON RAILROAD TRESTLE WAS FATAL
RODERFIELD, W.Va. (08/23/2014)— A man is dead and a woman in critical condition after encountering a Norfolk Southern train late Thursday night near the McDowell County community of Roderfield.
Norfolk Southern said the two along with another man were on a railroad bridge close to the Roderfield tunnel when the company’s mixed freight train traveling from Ohio to Georgia came through the area at about 11:30 p.m.
State Police said Kenneth Neace, 20, of Roderfield, was hit and killed, the woman, 24, fell 60-feet from the bridge and is in critical condition at Welch Community Hospital. Troopers said a second man, 29, jumped and was walking around at the scene. He was taken to the hospital but did not suffer serious injuries.
The three were apparently on the tracks taking a shortcut. The names of the two who lived have not been released.
Obituary of Kenneth “Legs” Neace
This video is a recent incident in which two women decided to take a short cut on a railroad bridge and pretty soon a train surprised them. Instead of jumping, the two women decided to lie flat on the tracks in between the rails.