A pedestrian was hit and killed by a train early Thursday, according to Aiken County officials.
Robert Norma Bisou, 32, of Southern Avenue in Warrenville was pronounced dead around 5:15 a.m., Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.
Norfolk Southern dispatch called the sheriff's office around 4:20 a.m. and said that the company's northbound train had hit a person walking on the tracks near Bath Lake Road and Carter Street.
"Initially we were told he was walking on the tracks but apparently we were told he was sitting or walking on the tracks," said Cpt. Eric Abdullah, of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.
The Norfolk Southern train was traveling north, going 39 mile per hour in Warrenville around Thursday morning when the train's conductor saw someone in the train's path. The man told deputies he enabled an emergency brake, but the train transporting about 73 cars couldn't stop in time to avoid hitting Bisou.
"The conductor did put the train into emergency to try to get it to stop but of course a train that size couldn't stop right on a dime," said Abdullah.
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is still trying to piece together what happened. In the meantime they're reminding everyone that trains are dangerous, and to be very careful whenever you're trying to cross.
"if you have to walk across a track, make sure you clear those tracks before you cross them do not walk down those tracks because essentially you are trespassing on railroad property when you are walking down those tracks."
Deputies and first responders met with the train's conductor on Camp Kiawanis Road, according to the sheriff's office. They found Bisou's body on the tracks near Bath Lake Road and Carter Street.
Bisou died from multiple body trauma, Carlton said. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
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