Man, woman and 8-year-old killed on train tracks in Springfield – NBC4 Washington

A young man, a young woman and the woman’s 8-year-old son were struck by a train and killed on elevated train tracks in Springfield, Virginia, on Wednesday evening, friends of the victims tell News4.

Fairfax County police say they are still notifying the victims’ family members, so News4 will not immediately share their names. The man and woman were friends and were once classmates at Annandale High School, friends said.

They were struck by a Norfolk Southern freight train on Accotink Park Road, in Lake Accotink Park, about 8:30 p.m. A witness called 911.

“They said they saw someone walking on the train tracks and told them someone had been hit,” said an emergency responder.

When first responders arrived, the worst fears were confirmed: three bodies were found on the ground beneath the elevated tracks.

“We have reports of three subjects who were confirmed DOA by the fire department and were struck by the train,” the dispatcher said.

The murdered woman posted a photo on Instagram showing her son on top of the train trestle as she looked at the lake and dam below. Not long after the photo was posted, the train passed by.

It is not known why the victims were on the tracks.

A regular visitor to the park said the trains typically honked as they approached a nearby pedestrian overpass and the train trestle.

One visitor said he has seen people on the track before, including while running and exercising.

Norfolk Southern crews were on scene Thursday taking photos as the investigation continued.

Norfolk Southern said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of those involved in this tragic incident. We are providing support to the train crew involved and working with police in their ongoing investigation.”

‘When you see tracks, you always think of trains’

Train safety advocates say it is never safe to walk on train tracks.

“Trains can come on any track and from either direction,” said Jennifer DeAngelis of Operation Lifesaver. “Anytime you see tracks, always think about training and making those safe choices for yourself and the community.”

Today’s trains are not as loud as those of the past. Freight trains in particular do not necessarily run according to a fixed timetable.

On train trestles and bridges there is only enough space for the train to pass. However, there are two tracks on this bridge.

Friends of the victims said they plan to mourn the tragedy and honor those lost at a vigil in the park on Thursday evening.

Police initially said the victims were two children and an adult.

Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.

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