Alabama man charged with murder of wife killed in train collision

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An Anniston man is charged with murder in the death of his wife, hit and killed by a freight train.

Anniston Police tell CBS 42 that Benny Burgess has been charged with murder after his wife, Connie, was found dead in front of a train on railroad tracks near Cooper Circle around 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

Investigators have several eyewitness accounts and found probable cause for the murder charge after conducting interviews.

“Based on what they told us, it made us come to the conclusion that he did force her to be in front of the train when she was struck,” Sgt. Kyle Price with the Anniston Police Department said. 

Police are still working with the railroad company to find out if video footage of the collision might exist.

“When I opened my door, I heard the guy hollering help us, help us. I just rolled up on this lady that got hit by a train,” Shannon Ledbetter, who lives in the area, said. “It was pretty rough.” 

Ledbetter was looking for his son in the area when he noticed the stopped train, fearing his child had been struck. He says he assisted Burgess in calling 911, before later learning of the murder charge against the man.

“I would like to send my prayers out to the family. We’ll be praying for them,” Ledbetter added.

The investigation into the train collision is still ongoing by Anniston Police.

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