Two Girls Killed By Train


IRONTON, Ohio (AP) - Two girls were struck and killed by a train and a third was injured while walking along the tracks on Wednesday, police said.

Police have not released their names or ages, or the condition of the injured girl. Witnesses said they were middle school age.

Witnesses told police the girls were walking on the tracks near an abandoned crossing along U.S. 52 in this city 100 miles south of Columbus. A bystander pulled the survivor from the tracks and the two who died were found under the train, about a quarter mile behind the engine, after it came to a halt.

The Norfolk Southern train had 115 cars loaded with coal and was headed from Williamson, W.Va., to Ashtabula in northeast Ohio, railway spokesman Rudy Husband said. The track speed near Ironton is 50 mph, he said.

"These individuals were walking on railroad property when they were struck," Husband said. "Our trains are not equipped with steering wheels."