Pedestrian hit by train dies of injuries

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A pedestrian hurt during an incident with a train in the South Norfolk section of Chesapeake Tuesday night has died.

Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said Train 125 came into contact with a “trespasser” in Chesapeake, five miles from the Norfolk station.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m., according to Officer Ravi Sheth with Chesapeake Police. A man was crossing the train tracks on Portlock Road headed towards Campostella Road with his bicycle when the train struck the bike, which then knocked the man over.

When officers arrived, the man was unconscious and unresponsive, lying on the ground. Sheth said the man received life-threatening injuries and was transported to a Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He did not have an identification card on him.

He passed away from his injuries overnight, Kelly O’Sullivan with the Chesapeake Police Department said Wednesday. He has been identified as 63-year-ol Robert Q. Godfrey of Chesapeake.

There were 39 passengers on the train, and Woods said there have been no reports of injuries to any of them or any crew members.

Sheth did not know if the train crossing lights were activated at the time of the incident.

Woods said Train 125 travels daily from Boston to Norfolk. The stop before Norfolk is Petersburg, and before that is Richmond. It resumed service, operating on a delay of one hour and 30 minutes.

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