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Hurricane man, 20, killed on rail tracks

Nov. 12, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HURRICANE -- Another young man in Hurricane has died after he was struck by a train Saturday afternoon near Hurricane High School.

Michael Eads, 20, of Hurricane, was pronounced dead late Saturday night in the accident that was reported just after 1 p.m. Saturday.

It happened on the tracks near Tackett's Branch Road, less than 100 yards from where 16-year-old Jacob Ball was struck and killed by a train in January.

A spokesman with the Hurricane Police Department said Sunday afternoon that the incident is still under investigation by Sgt. D.R. Campbell with the HPD.

Hurricane Fire Lt. Bob Bragg said Saturday that fire crews assisted Putnam County EMS personnel in loading the patient in an ambulance and transporting him to a HealthNet helicopter. However, the patient's condition was too severe for him to be placed in the helicopter, and he was transported to Teays Valley Hospital, Bragg said.

That area of tracks runs near Hurricane High School, and it is a popular route for pedestrians, Bragg said.

"A lot of the traffic is because it is so close to the high school, and kids walk there a lot," he said. "I think they walk along the tracks to avoid the road, but they don't realize that walking on the tracks is just as dangerous, if not more, than walking along the road -- not to mention that it's illegal."