An Anniston woman was struck by a train Thursday afternoon and her husband remained in the Anniston City Jail on Friday morning charged with murder in the incident, officials said.
Police responded to a set of train tracks near Cooper Circle in the Wellborn area around 4:15 p.m. after receiving a report that a person had been struck by a train, Anniston police Sgt. Kyle Price said Friday morning.
There, police found Connie Burgess, 41, suffering from wounds caused by the train, Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown said.
Burgess was taken to Regional Medical Center, where she died from her injuries and was pronounced dead at 5:01 p.m., Brown said.
Police also found Burgess’ husband, Benny Burgess, 56, at the scene, Price said.
“We talked with a couple of witnesses working on the train and we talked with Mr. Burgess,” Price said. “Mr. Burgess did not have a lot to say on the subject.”
Price said crew members on the cargo train had seen the couple walking on the tracks.
“The witnesses on the train obviously couldn’t hear what they were talking about but based on their observations we arrested Mr. Burgess for murder,” Price said.
The sergeant declined to say if the witnesses specified if Burgess shoved his wife back onto the tracks as the train approached.
Price said Burgess’ bond or court date would likely be set later today.