BORDERLAND – The name of a man struck and killed by a train Sunday afternoon near Dans Branch in the Borderland area of Mingo County has been released by officials.
Deputy Allen Mounts of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department reports that Gary C. Halley, 61 formerly of Columbus Ohio, was struck and killed by a train around 2 p.m. Sunday.
Halley had moved to Mingo County about a month ago and was walking along the Norfolk and Southern railroad tracks when the incident occurred, Deputy Mounts reported.
“We wanted to notify the family before releasing a name to the public,” Mounts continued.
According to Deputy Mounts, the engineers observed Halley on the train tracks and sounded the horn several times in warning as the train approached. “Apparently he didn’t hear and the train couldn’t stop,” Mounts explained.
A 911 call was placed at 2:05 p.m. Mounts explained that he and STAT Ambulance arrived on the scene soon after the 911 dispatch. Two local fire departments also responded to the scene. “The Chattaroy Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) responded and the Williamson Fire Department (WFD) provided mutual aide,” Mounts said.
Halley was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner in South Charleston for autopsy. Mounts explained that the incident is still under investigation at this time.
(Editor Kyle Lovern contributed to this article.)