The Washington County, Maryland Sheriff’s Office says a freight train’s fatal collision with a hearing-impaired man near Sharpsburg was an accident.
Thirty-two-year-old Omar Burkholder of Sharpsburg was killed by a Norfolk Southern train Friday afternoon.
Police say Burkholder was walking south beside the tracks on a curve between Sharpsburg and Shepherdstown, W.Va.
They say the train driver tried to slow down and sounded the horn, but family members told police Burkholder wouldn’t have heard it.
A Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services official says the train was going 33 mph, which is within the acceptable speed range at that spot.
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