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Police say pedestrians routinely trespass on train tracks in Marmet, WV

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Police Chief said trespassers a problem in Marmet, WV Police Chief said trespassers a problem in Marmet, WV
MARMET, WV -

There have been least five deaths in a matter of years on the same small stretch of railroad tracks in Marmet, WV and that is raising some questions. Two of the deaths were in the month of November.

The sound of a train horn is familiar to people living in many West Virginia communities.

But in Marmet, WV it seems an unusual number of people are dying on the tracks as a result of being struck by trains.

"A lot of people are killed around here on the tracks," said resident James Casto.

Chief of Police in Marmet Fred Maynor said the train tracks serve as a short cut for people walking into town. There is a path worn in the side of the hill, leading from the nearby West Virginia Turnpike ramp and Route 94, down to the train tracks.

"It is out of control," said Mark Clark who lives near the section of tracks. "I don't know what is wrong with this place."

But even though he is aware of the activity, Chief Maynor said there isn't much he can do.

"You are violating the law when you are walking the CSX tracks," he said. "They own those tracks. They are private property and you are trespassing when you are on that property."

He said because the specific location where people are trespassing, isn't accessible by vehicle, police cannot patrol there.

"Really I see no way of stopping it. There is no way of patrolling it. It is something that is going to continue to happen," Maynor said.

According to CSX, approximately every 3 hours somewhere in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. According to their website, a freight train moving at 55 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop.

For more information about trains and safety follow the links provided.