Police: Train hits Cordova man

Victim identified as David Wade Young

By Kevin Spradlin

A long list of public safety agencies responded early Saturday morning to the report of a man hit by a train in Rockingham.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., a CSX official contracted the Richmond County emergency dispatch center and said a train worker indicated their train had hit a person, identified as David Wade Young, who had been lying on the tracks. It’s not immediately clear whether Young was also dead before being hit by the train. Police said no foul play is suspected.

breaking_newsOfficers with the Rockingham Police Department, FirstHealth EMS, Richmond County Rescue Squad and assorted fire departments responded.

Young, listed as 35 years of age in his obituary. The Moore County native leaves behind two children, Katelin and Joshua Tingle, and a grandchild, Darren Little, all of Rockingham. Young also is survived by his mother and stepfather, Lillie and Dean Buck, of Rockingham; and siblings, Mechell Young, Danny Young, Heather Gillian and Edward Buck, all of Rockingham, Michelle Morgan, of Homestead; and fiancé Tinisha Gomez, of Rockingham.

A police department spokesman said it was not immediately clear why Young was on the railroad tracks, though a source indicated the man might have been on his way home from Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant where he worked.

Detectives and the Rockingham Police Department’s crime scene investigator processed the scene.

Update: On Tuesday, Kristin Seay, a CSX corporate communications representative, said the train included three locomotives and 82 cars — including 56 loaded. The train left Hamlet was headed to Russell, Kent.

Seay deferred any other questions to local law enforcement.

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