July 12, 2006
Charlottesville Police are investigating an accident involving a man being struck by a train.
It happened around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday on Elliewood Avenue in The Corner district.
Police say a 21-year-old man was struck by the train while lying in between the railroad tracks that run parallel to Chancellor and 15th Streets. They believe that alcohol was a factor in this incident.
The engineer of the train, owned by the CSX corporation noticed the man lying on the tracks, and immediately put the train in automatic lock-down mode while it was still 30 to 40 feet away. Police say the train could not stop immediately because of how fast it was going.
Firefighters say the train went over the man's leg, but the leg was not amputated. Firefighters say the skin on the leg was broken, and torn away from the bone. The man is in serious condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Police are not sure why the man was on the tracks, but believe he was sleeping. Police said alcohol was involved after finding the man intoxicated. However, he was alert when paramedics arrived, and talked to them while being taken away to the hospital.
The train involved in the accident remained on the scene for over an hour so police could investigate. So far, the man is charged with trespassing, but more charges could follow.