BUCKHANNON, W. Va. — A person was hit and killed by a train in Buckhannon Tuesday morning.

Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m., the Buckhannon Police Department responded to a collision involving a train near Wood Street and found and found an Appalachian and Ohio train had struck an individual on the tracks.

The individual was declared dead upon the arrival of the emergency responders.

The railroad company issued a statement Tuesday evening.

“A&O and all of its employees express our deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of the individual who was involved in the fatal accident,” the release read. “The train involved, operated by Appalachian & Ohio Railroad, originated at Grafton and was headed to Burnsville, West Virginia. It consisted of two locomotives; there were no railcars on the train at the time of the accident.  We have investigators on site and are cooperating with local authorities to determine why the accident occurred.”

The victim’s name is not being released pending family notification, nor are any other details being released as the investigation is ongoing.

The Buckhannon Police Department was assisted by Upshur County EMS, Buckhannon Fire Department, and WV State Police.

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  • Roswell

    Locomotives without a load can be surprisingly quiet. She probably didn't hear it coming.

  • taylor

    People are so disrespectful on here. especially not knowing exactly what happened nor the invidual or her health. god bless this family.

  • DWL

    It's not like the train could swerve out of the way. Maybe the deceased didn't recognize that they were train tracks.

    • edward ware

      She was my aunt she was 68 yrs old

  • Ryan

    This is bad this tragedy happened. Do people not know that being on the railroad tracks is illegal? It is federal trespassing being on the tracks unless at a crossing

    • edward ware

      It was a crossing for the river walk trail

  • Chris1529

    That is actually and A&O operated train...not CSX. The A&O runs trains between Cowen and Grafton where they then interchange with CSX.

    • PCM

      Using CSX equipment, of course.... but that is neither here nor there.

      I am assuming this was in the curve along the Wesleyan soccer complex?

      Even locomotives without any cars don't stop on a dime.