Culpeper police investigate train fatality

Town of Culpeper police are investigating a fatality this morning when a 19-year-old Culpeper man was struck by an Amtrak Passenger train.

About 8:02 a.m., the Amtrak Crescent Train #20, headed from New Orleans to New York, departed the Culpeper depot after picking up three passengers. As the train picked up speed the crew noticed three men on the tracks about 150 yards north of the intersection of Fairfax Street, which runs parallel to the tracks, with Wine Street.

The train sounded its horn and began to brake as two of the men on the tracks safely crossed the track the train was travelling upon. The third man continued to sit on the tie and did not move, according to police.

The train struck the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the accident.

Neither of the other two men was injured.

The train carrying 266 passengers was comprised of two engines and nine cars, including sleepers and dining car.

The train was travelling about 40 mph and managed to stop a short distance from the incident, which was near a trestle bridge, which crosses a nearby creek.

The police department’s accident reconstruction team arrived on scene to assist detectives with the investigation.

Police are withholding the identity of the man pending notification of next of kin.

The circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation.

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office deputies, paid Culpeper County paramedics, volunteers for the Culpeper County Rescue Squad and Norfolk Southern police responded to assist.

The tracks are owned by Norfolk Southern.