Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory has released the identity of the victim of Tuesday's fatal train accident as Rosalea Cutlip, 68, of Buckhannon. The investigation revealed that the incident was an unfortunate and tragic accident, said Chief Gregory. Police do not believe there are other extenuating circumstances in the case.
An investigation by Appalachian & Ohio Railroad revealed that train engineers placed the train into emergency braking in an attempt to stop the train. They also signaled multiple times to alert the victim.
At approximately 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, Buckhannon Police responded to a train collision near Wood Street. A train struck a person on the tracks. The person was declared dead on the scene, said Chief Matthew Gregory of the Buckhannon Police Department.
The individual’s name is not being released at this time and the Buckhannon Police are still investigating the incident.
Upshur County EMS, Buckhannon Fire Department, and West Virginia State Police also responded to the accident.
Appalachian & Ohio Railroad issued a statement to 12 News following the incident:
“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 shortly after 8 this morning near the corner of Brooke and Wood Streets, in Buckhannon. We are mindful of their loss and are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers. 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.”