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Man killed by train Monday in Culpeper

A 27-year-old Orange County man was killed about 7:23 a.m., Monday after being struck by a Norfolk and Southern freight train.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Les Tyler identified the man as Lexy Clay Dove Jr., of Locust Grove.

The train was headed northbound about one-half mile north of Browning Road, which crosses U.S. Route 522 about a mile south of the Town of Culpeper, when the accident happened.

Dove was reportedly standing in the middle of tracks, said Norfolk and Southern spokesman Robin Chapman.

“The engineer blew the horn and the individual did not move,” said Chapman.

The inter-modal train, which was headed from Norfolk to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was equipped with RailView, a proprietary digital video recorder system, according to Chapman.

The train’s video should provide a clear picture of the incident.

Tyler said the investigation remains ongoing and police have no idea why Dove was on the tracks or where he was coming from or headed.

Volunteer firefighters from the Culpeper County Volunteer Fire Department, along with paid Culpeper County medics responded to the scene.

Dove’s remains were transported to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy and toxicology tests.

The last train fatally occurred in the town of Culpeper on Aug. 29, 2013 about 8:02 a.m., when Elijah Nathaniel Rivera, 19, of no fixed address, was struck by the Amtrak Crescent Train #20, headed from New Orleans to New York and travelling about 40 mph.

Rivera was on the tracks with two other men, who were not injured, about150 yards north of the intersection of Wine Street with Fairfax Street, which runs parallel to the tracks.

As the passenger train engine sounded its horn and began to brake, two of the men safely got out of the way of the oncoming train. Rivera continued to sit on the crosstie and did not move, according to police. Rivera was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The Amtrak Crescent train, which was carrying about 266 passengers, was allowed to proceed to its destination about 11:53 a.m. About 16 passengers on the Crescent transferred to the Amtrak Northeast Regional #176 train, which departed the Culpeper depot at 9:44 a.m.

Trooper D.B. Vaden is investigating Monday’s fatal accident.

Wally Bunker is a freelance contributor with the Culpeper Times. You may reach him at wallybunker@outlook.com

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