Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 3, 2014

Child stable after being hit by train

WAR — A 9-year-old child who was struck by a train in McDowell County remains hospitalized at Holston Valley Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn.

The child was standing on the railroad tracks that are located near his home. The operator of the coal train attempted to stop the train once officials realized a child was on the railroad tracks, according to Mark Shelton, an officer with the War Police Department.

“It actually happened right in front of their residence,” Shelton said. “The track goes right in front of his house. We are still trying to determine why he was on the tracks. They stopped the train as soon as they saw the boy was on the tracks. But that’s still a part of the investigation.”

Shelton said the accident occurred around 9 p.m. Sunday night on the railroad tracks located across from the Rite Aid and Hillbilly Market on Main Street in War. The child was transported from the scene of the accident by his parents to the Jeffersonville Rescue Squad. From there he was transported by the rescue squad to the Tazewell County Fairgrounds in Tazewell, Va., where he was then airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center.

Shelton said the last report he received from the hospital indicated the child was in stable condition.

The loaded coal train was traveling eastbound, according to Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman.

Chapman said the accident remains under investigation by McDowell County authorities.

Shelton said Norfolk Southern also is investigating the incident and cooperating with the War Police Department in the investigation.

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