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Teenager Walking On Tracks Struck And Killed By Amtrak Train In Hanahan

Trespassing onto railroad tracks has become an increasing concern. While many of the reasons for people trespassing on railroad tracks are unknown, there are some that are known. Sometimes, people climb down onto subway or railroad tracks to retrieve an item they dropped. Many times, these items are cell phones or earbuds. At times, homeless people may walk along the tracks in subway tunnels to escape poor weather conditions and to stay warm. People recording videos and taking selfies to post to social media are also a common problem. Others walk on the tracks with the intention of committing suicide. In most cases, the reason they were on the tracks remains unknown. 

Live 5 News reports that the victim in a collision with a train in Hanahan has been identified. The incident occurred on January 9th and involved an Amtrak train in Hanahan. A teenage pedestrian was killed in the incident. 

The Berkeley County Coroner identified the victim as 17-year-old Bethany Ridenour. She was on the tracks in the area of Hanahan Road and Railroad Avenue. The train was unable to stop and struck Ridenour. 

The incident happened at about 10 a.m. and it took more than four hours to clear the train tracks. Service resumed at about 2:44 p.m. A portion of Hanahan Road was closed off so that officers can investigate. 

The National Transportation Safety Board and the railroad police are leading the investigation. 

 

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