Person dead after train encounter in Scottsville
An eastbound train and a person who may have been dead, unconscious, or simply lying on train tracks in Scottsville made for a grisly scene Wednesday morning.
Officials were called to Ferry Street, near the headquarters of James River Reeling and Rafting, around 2am on June 1. There they discovered a lifeless body, gender unknown, that had been struck by a CSX train plying the route that follows the James River.
A press release from the Albemarle County Police Department indicates that the unidentified body will be taken to Richmond for identification by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The release notes that traffic on the busy rail line, a route dedicated almost exclusively to the transport of coal from the fields of West Virginia to the ports of Tidewater, has been halted "until investigators have finished processing the scene."
The unhappy topic of humans versus trains was the subject of a 2002 Hook cover story.
Tuesday, June 7 update: County police spokesperson Sergeant Darrell Byers: "It appears that this was an intentional act; therefore we are not releasing any additional information."