RODERFIELD, W.Va. — 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 Niece, 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. Their names have not been released.

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  • Steve

    Talking about trespassing.....they should sue Norfolk southern for not creating a walkway or safety platform.....what if this had been a kid???

    • Dumb Liberals

      If it had been a kid, it would be a stupid dead kid. How about we sue you for being a m0r0n! NO TRESPASSING means N-O T-R-E-S-P-A-S-S-I-N-G! The operative word is NO.

  • northforkfisher

    You can put up all the signs in the world and the idiots of the world will ignore or challenge them to prove their bravery.

  • billy

    one of these days maybe, I say MAYBE people will get their heads out of their butts & realize that when it is train vs. person - the person will not win

  • Gary a Karstens

    We need to ban these instruments of death. YEESH! Toothbrushes kill too many, and are just instruments of death, YEESH!

  • Jonus Grumby

    So sad. And completely preventable.

  • MOCO man

    What's bad is that you don't even have to be able to read "NO". There is a picture showing a man falling.........nobody's fault but their own.......

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Since this seems to happen quite often a most threatening sign may work better.

    • Jonus Grumby

      People will simply ignore it.

  • David

    Darwinism theory at work here..

    • Brad

      Yeah, I'm wondering how we can nominate these folks for a Darwin Award.

    • Fred

      May the Lord have mercy on your soul.

  • Dumb Liberals

    The inability to read can be hazardous to one's health. No Trespassing seems to be a difficult concept to comprehend.

    • Drama Queen Conservative Troll

      Yeah, but why should the railroad be allowed to restrict our freedom of movement?

      • Randy

        Is that sarcasm? It is the railroads private property.

        • Leo

          Randy, read the above, it is not sarcasm, it is Darwinism! To think that the railroad should not be able to restrict us from walking on the tracks.....well duh.....

          • Dumb Liberals

            Leo, you have to remember that "Queen" m0r0n Troll is a low level minority and has very few functioning synapses. For her to reach an ameba level, she would require a ladder.