Warrenville man struck by train dies
A Warrenville man is dead after he was struck by a train early on Thursday morning.
Robert Norman Bisou, 32, of Southern Avenue, was pronounced dead at 5:15 a.m. from multiple body trauma, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.
The incident happened near Bath Lake Road and Carter Street at about 4:20 a.m., according to Sheriff's Office Spokesman Capt. Eric Abdullah. He added that Bisou was not at a crossing when he was hit.
The northbound Norfolk Southern train was traveling approximately 39 miles per hour and carrying 73 cars, Carlton said.
First responders and deputies met with the train's conductor on Camp Kiwanis Road. The operator had noticed someone sitting on the tracks about 30 yards before impact, according to Carlton. The operator proceeded to hit the emergency brakes but the train was not able to stop in time.
The operator also blew the train's horn, but Bisou didn't move, according to Robin Chapman, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern. The mixed freight train was carrying a “variety of commodities” from Savannah to Linwood, N.C.
Abdullah said this is an ongoing investigation, with which Chapman said Norfolk Southern is cooperating fully. An autopsy has been scheduled for today, and toxicology is pending.