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Monday, May 15, 2017

Boys nearly hit by train
Four boys, including Mark Saul who was celebrating his 14th. birthday, Saturday were nearly hit by a Norfolk Southern train as they crossed the railroad trestle about 50 feet above the Pigeon River in Newport. Newport Captain Stephen Higginbotham said the 2 pm incident forced the train to go into emergency mode, however it still was unable to stop until 20 to 30 feet past the boys. Train Conductor Kenny Lewis said he was westbound when he observed the boys, aged 7, 10 and 14, running west in an effort to get off the tracks, "but they were not going to make it before the train caught up with them." The trio then got onto the outside beam on the southside of the tracks to get out of the path of the train. The trestle has no railing. The conductor and a nearby resident, Breanna Dockery, helped the boys off the trestle. Ms. Dockery said she was in her River Road home when she heard the boys screaming and heard the train whistle very loudly. She ran outside, observing the boys on the tracks, as the train approached. Officer Higginbotham later found the boys walking on East Broadway. They reported that on the way to fish in the river, they decided to cross the trestle instead of walking on the roadway. One of the males, nine year-old Joshua Johnson said he was already off the trestle when the train approached. The others were walking more slowly, he said,"because they were scared to walk across the trestle". The boys were not injured.


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