At least one wounded in railroad ‘trespasser incident’ near 15th Street

An individual was involved in an encounter with a freight train Saturday night

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One person was injured near 15th Street NW Saturday night. Courtesy Katie Purcell

At least one person was wounded after a “trespasser incident” with a freight train late Saturday night, according to a representative of the Charlottesville Fire Department and a Twitter statement by Amtrak Northeast. The individual is a male U.Va. student, according to a representative of the Charlottesville Police Department. He is presently recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.

Units from both the CFD and the Charlottesville Police Department responded to the scene, and the involved individual was wheeled away from the scene by medics shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday.

“All I can tell you is there was an incident involving an individual and a train behind there,” CFD Battalion Cmrd. Michael Johnson told The Cavalier Daily, motioning towards GrandMarc Apartments on 15th Street NW. Johnson declined to answer questions about the individual’s identity or status. 

According to a Twitter post by Amtrak Northeast, a passenger train coming from Penn Station in New York City was stopped at the Charlottesville Amtrak station around 10:50 p.m. as a result of the incident.


This story was updated Monday night to reflect more information about the identity and status of the student. 

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