Man dies after being hit by train in James City County

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JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A man died Tuesday after he was hit by a train in James City County.

Deputy Chief Stephen Rubino with James City County police says emergency crews were called to Airport and Richmond roads at 5:55 p.m.

Police say the man was walking across the tracks when he was hit by an Amtrak train heading westbound. The man was taken to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Amtrak says Train #66, which was heading to Boston from Newport News, was involved in the fatal accident. None of the 70 passengers on board were injured.

Virginia State Police say the crossing arms and flashing lights at the tracks were in working order when the man was hit.

Neighbors say the victim has lived at the Family Inn near the tracks for several months. They say he walked across the tracks daily to get to the convenience store. They’re not sure why he crossed when he did, but they say they’ll miss him very much.

“He was just a good guy,” said Gene Blair. “All around, he was a hard worker. He was dependable — someone you could rely on.”

Airport Road was closed for several hours as police were investigating. It has since reopened.