Medical examiner IDs 74-year-old struck, killed by Amtrak train

Posted at 4:49 PM, Oct 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-20 16:50:00-04

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -  Officials have released the name of the man struck and killed by an Amtrak train last Wednesday outside Fredericksburg.

Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Captain Mike Harvey said late Friday that the Virginia Medical Examiners Office identified the victim as 74-year-old Charles Hollowell of Spotsylvania.

Harvey said that the "tragic train accident." happened around 4 p.m. about 300 yards north of the grade crossing on Mine Road.

The man apparently did not see the approaching train because of a bend in the tracks as he attempted to cross, according to Harvey, who said their investigation is ongoing.

The engineer of Amtrak Train 95, which runs daily between Boston and Newport News, was able to sound the horn and apply the train's emergency brakes before the man was hit.

Passengers were stranded on the train about four hours before another train picked them up, and continued on to Ashland, Richmond and Newport News.