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Wait at the tracks in victims’ memory

There is not a heart in Lawrence County that does not go out to the families of the two women who were in the car that was hit by a train this week at the Center Street Landing.

Thursday, August 05, 1999

There is not a heart in Lawrence County that does not go out to the families of the two women who were in the car that was hit by a train this week at the Center Street Landing.

To lose a life so tragically – no one can imagine how hard that must be.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim, who is battling for life in a Huntington, W.Va., hospital.

But as we wait, watch and hope, there is a way for every Lawrence County resident to memorialize these special women and to make sure one of them did not die in vain.

Don’t let another person lose his or her life in so senseless a manner.

When you get to a railroad crossing, and you see the lights and gates come down, wait.

There is no event, no appointment, no family celebration worth risking your life or those of your family.

Even if you have to wait 10 minutes for a train to pass, when the gates come up, you will be able to continue your journey. If you misjudge how fast the train is coming, there will never be a chance to tell your family you love them again.

The time savings is just not worth the risk.

And, during the next couple of days, if you happen by the Center Street Landing crossing, leave a flower in memory of Nancy Sutton, or just make sure her family knows that her loss will never be forgotten.