Deadly train accident in Petersburg

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Just before 10 p.m. last night, a man was hit and killed by a train near the intersection of Oak Hill Road and Homestead Drive.

Petersburg police have identified the victim involved in a train accident as 49-year-old Lyle Monterville. We're told he is from the Petersburg area and was homeless.

He was found about a half mile down from being hit by a Norfolk Southern train just before 10 p.m. Thursday night. The accident happened near the intersection of Oak Hill Road and Homestead Drive.

Investigators now say the conductor reported seeing Monterville lying on the tracks. That conductor then sounded the train's horn and applied the emergency brakes, but it was too late. No one on the train was injured.

Investigators add no charges will be filed against the conductor, they believe this was just an accident.

The Norfolk Southern train involved was carrying cargo containers and was on it's way to Norfolk. Another crew was brought in to conduct the train and it eventually left for Norfolk.

In just a few hours, investigators are expected to be back out at the scene, mapping and reconstructing, to learn more about the crash. We're told traffic is not expected to be an issue in the area.

The body of Monterville is now with the medical examiner in Richmond for an autospy.

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