Passenger on board train that fatally struck man: “We couldn’t comprehend it.”


HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Citizens are still shocked by the news that a man was killed while reportedly trespassing on railroad tracks Friday.

One passenger who was on the train that fateful day told 8News it’s something he never expected to happen. 

“It’s the last thing on someone’s mind,” said Eddy Jeon. “I mean they killed someone and I don’t think they should be blamed for that.”

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Jeon recalled the incident, saying that he couldn’t believe the incident occurred. What followed was concerns from passengers asking about the condition of the man struck and why he was on the tracks in the first place.

“It wasn’t like a sudden…stop,” Jeon said. “It was a gradual stop, so whatever happened, happened too quickly for the engineer to react to.”

All Jeon knew was that they hit something. 

“A little after that, the conductor came by and said looks like we hit someone,” Jeon said. 

The incident caused the train to be delayed for more than five hours. During that time, most passengers remained in shock, according to Jeon.

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“We just didn’t know,” he said. “We couldn’t comprehend it.”

An Amtrak spokesperson said that the person was trespassing on the tracks when they were hit and that there were no injuries reported for the 184 passengers on board the Amtrak Northeast Regional train 66.

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