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Marmet Leaders Hold Community Meeting To Prevent Future Train Fatalities

Reported by: Send eMail Latasha Hughes
Videographer: Mike Magee
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Reported: Dec. 3, 2013 10:56 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 4, 2013 10:26 AM EST

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Train Safety Discussion
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Marmet , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Recent deaths of pedestrians hit by trains are raising concerns in a Kanawha County community.

Representatives from CSX Railroad joined city leaders Tuesday night at the Marmet Community Watch meeting. They want to prevent anyone else from getting hurt or killed on the train tracks there. 53-year-old Anthony Dawkins was killed in November, 47-year-old Johnny McCallister was killed in the same spot last year and a six-year-old girl died in 2004 while trying to cross the tracks with her family.

CSX workers and council members discussed railroad safety and answered questions from neighbors in the area.

"I do think that CSX can maybe step up and help us build a walking path over the tracks," says Barry Pauley.

"What we would like to do here in Marmet and the Kanawha Valley is to get out a simple safety message to share with folks and that is stay off, stay away and stay alive from railroad tracks," says CSX worker David Farley.

CSX workers also say anytime you're walking, be sure you're not distracted by headphones or cell phones.



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