NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Police confirm a man was hit by a CSX train in Newport News Monday night and killed by the impact.
The incident happened around 8:45 p.m. just north of the Denbigh Boulevard Bridge, near the intersection with Jefferson Avenue. Newport News police spokeswoman Holly McPherson said a group of people were walking along the railroad tracks when the incident happened.
“One of the individuals in the group mentioned that a train was coming and the next thing they knew the male was struck by the CSX train,” Holley said.
The man who was hit was identified as 24-year-old Stanley Bernard Smith, Jr. of Newport News.
Police say the investigation revealed Smith along with four other people were walking down the railroad tracks heading towards Old Courthouse Way when the group noticed a train was coming in their direction. The four individuals exited the tracks and one of them yelled to Smith to get off the tracks, but Smith continued walking down the tracks and was struck.
Alcohol on the part of Smith is believed to be a contributing factor in this incident, say police.
Kaitlyn Barrett, with CSX corporate communications said the train, with three locomotives and five cars, was traveling from Newport news to Richmond.
Train traffic in the area has been temporarily suspended as police and CSX representatives investigate the scene.