Woman hit by train identified

BUCKHANNON – A 68-year-old woman was identified Wednesday as the person who was struck by a train and killed in Buckhannon Tuesday morning.

Rosalea Cutlip, of Buckhannon, was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by a CSX locomotive on the tracks near Wood Street shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Buckhannon Police Department officers “believe that the incident was an unfortunate and tragic accident, and no other extenuating circumstances appeared to play a factor,” according to a department press release Wednesday.

The investigation also showed the train’s engineers and conductors signaled multiple times to try to alert Cutlip, and the engineers administered the train’s emergency braking system in an attempt to stop, the release stated.

Upshur County EMS, the Buckhannon Fire Department and the West Virginia State Police assisted the Buckhannon Police Department at the scene.

Appalachian & Ohio Railroad issued a statement Tuesday following the incident:

“A&O and all of its employees express our deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of the individual who was involved in the fatal accident shortly after 8 this morning near the corner of Brooke and Wood Streets, in Buckhannon. We are mindful of their loss and are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.

“The train involved, operated by Appalachian & Ohio Railroad, originated at Grafton and was headed to Burnsville, W.Va. It consisted of two locomotives; there were no railcars on the train at the time of the accident.

“We have investigators on site and are cooperating with local authorities to determine why the accident occurred.”