Police: Teen could not hear train coming when struck in Elkton

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ELKTON, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (2:45 p.m.):

Police say a teenager was unable to hear the train coming when he was struck and killed along railroad tracks in Elkton this past weekend.

According to the Elkton Police Department, 15-year-old Edsel Dean was walking on the tracks near Marshall Street at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday with headphones in and a hoodie over his head.

He was about 25 feet from a railroad crossing when a northbound train collided with him, killing him.

According to Elkton police, this is the third time a person has been hit by a train in that same section of the railroad.

One of those was Jerrick Hammer, who was killed in 2016 less than a year after graduating high school.

Police want to remind the public that it is illegal to walk on railroad tracks and that you should follow the same safety guidelines as with roads: look both ways and don't have headphones in. Being able to hear an incoming train could mean the difference between life and death.


A person was struck by a train while they were walking along railroad tracks in Elkton, according to a spokesperson for Norfolk Southern.

The accident happened near Marshall Street at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday. The train was traveling northbound.

The person was not hit at a railroad crossing, according to the company.

WHSV has reached out to Elkton Police for more information on the person hit.

Norfolk Southern issued a reminder of the dangers of walking on or next to railroad tracks.