Friends of McDowell County train fatality speaks out, asks for donations
UPDATE: State Police tell 59News that the female victim in the train accident that happened Thursday night has died. Norfolk Southern reported three people were on a bridge when a train came through. One man was hit and killed. Another man jumped from the bridge and according to officials was walking around. He was taken to the hospital to be checked for injuries. The third victim was a woman who fell 60 feet from the bridge. She was taken to Welch hospital and then taken to Charleston where she died Sunday morning.
ORIGINAL STORY: West Virginia State Police Lt. M. T. Baylous told 59News Kenneth Neice, 20, of the Roderfield area died on the scene of the train tracks in Southern West Virginia late Thursday night. He said two others were hurt after coming too close to a train in McDowell County.
Officials with Norfolk Southern say one jumped from the bridge. He was taken to an area hospital to be checked for injuries. They told us the woman fell 60 feet from the bridge. A Roderfield resident told us the convenience is never worth the risk.
"I grew up here and we were always taught to stay off the railroad tracks. We teach even my 3 year old that the railroad is dangerous. Buoccasionallyly you do see people on the tracks, they think it's safe and that they can make it. They don't realize that the train can't stop," said Nora Stimson.
She offered her deepest sympathy for all 3 families.
"I feel sorry for the family that is suffering this loss. It's tragic," she told us.
Close friends of the victim are already accepting donations for the families funeral expenses.
"He was such a kind person. He would help anyone. We are his friends out here trying to raise money for his family because they don't have insurance or anything for his funeral," said Rebecca Ratliff.
This incident remains under investigation by Norfolk Southern Police and West Virginia State Police.
To donate to the family, call (304) 436-6829.
P.O. Box 509
Ghent, WV 25843
Main (304) 787-5959