Yesterday afternoon, a Gastonia woman was struck by a Norfolk Southern train and tragically died on the tracks, according to Gastonia Police.
The incident occurred on tracks near the end of South Vance Street as an eastbound train was traveling from Birmingham, Alabama to Linwood, North Carolina;
One witness saw the woman pushing a grocery cart across the tracks and thinks the cart got stuck.
Gastonia Police are investigating after a woman was struck and killed by a train on the train tracks off South Vance Street and West Franklin Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon.https://t.co/KYqOuD5slG
— Eric Wildstein (@TheGazetteEric) September 18, 2019
Last night, The Norfolk Southern Railway sent out the following statement:
At about 4:20 p.m., a Norfolk Southern train struck and fatally injured an individual on the railroad tracks in Gastonia, North Carolina.
The eastbound train was en route from Birmingham, Alabama, to Linwood, North Carolina, when the incident occurred.
Norfolk Southern personnel assisted local law enforcement in investigating the incident.
At Norfolk Southern, the safety of our employees and the communities we serve is our number one priority. Norfolk Southern reminds the public that it is extremely dangerous, and also trespassing, to walk on or within the right-of-way of railroad tracks. People should cross tracks only at designated crossings and use extreme caution at all times.
The identity of the victim has not yet been released.