Aberdeen man walking on tracks is struck and killed by CSX train

April 08, 2004

A 78-year-old man was struck and killed by a train yesterday morning while walking along tracks on the outskirts of Aberdeen, state police said.

William Thomas Hobbs of the 700 block of W. Bel Air Ave. in Aberdeen was walking in the center of the tracks near U.S. 40 and Mitchell Lane, 3 miles west of Aberdeen, about 10 a.m. when he was hit by a westbound CSX freight train, said Maj. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman.

The train was hauling trash from Philadelphia to South Carolina, Shipley said. The crew told troopers they saw the man, walking with his back to the train, and blew the whistle several times, but the man did not react or look back, Shipley said.

Hobbs was pronounced dead at the scene, Shipley said. Investigators said Hobbs lived alone, and several Aberdeen residents said they frequently saw Hobbs walking around town, he said.

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