Police: Man dies after being struck by train in Chesapeake


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A man died late Monday night after police say he was hit by a train in Chesapeake.

A Norfolk Southern spokesperson said a train en route from Norfolk to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania struck a man trying to cross the tracks around 10:30 p.m.

Chesapeake police said officers responded to the scene in the 1800 block of Portlock Road around an hour later and found a man dead on the railroad tracks.

Police later identified the man as 55-year-old Rodney C. Perkins, of Chesapeake.

Police said there were no witnesses and the train kept going. The conductor was not aware the train had struck someone.

Norfolk Southern released the following statement Tuesday morning:

At Norfolk Southern, the safety of our employees and the communities we serve is our number one priority. Norfolk Southern reminds the public that trains can start moving quickly, unpredictably, and almost silently. It is never safe to attempt to cross over, under, or through them.

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