Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were asking for the public’s help in identifying two women who were killed early Sunday after they were struck by a train.
“We have nothing. We don’t know who they are, and they weren’t carrying any identification,” Duty Capt. Rod Farley said. “We just need somebody to call in and help us identity these folks.”
The incident occurred around 3:40 a.m. in the 8500 block of Monroe Road, which is near the intersection with Timber Springs Drive. The spot is near an apartment complex, an elementary school and several small businesses.
Police said a CSX train headed to the town of Bostic was traveling along the tracks when the engineer thought he saw a person sleeping on the tracks. The engineer told police he put the train in an emergency stop, then sounded its horn and bell. But the train struck the person, according to a police statement.
The train’s conductor got off the train, police said, to check on the person and call 911. Both he and the engineer stayed on the scene.
The bodies of two women were found under the train, and both were pronounced dead by Medic.
Police are trying to learn more about the victims. Both were described as white women, and police believe one was 20 to 25 years old, and the other was 25 to 30 years old.
Anyone with information about the victims or the collision is asked to call CMPD’s Major Crash Investigations Unit at 704-336-8862.