Ray E. Novotny

Ray E. Novotny was an 18-year-old Springfield man who committed suicide on October 9, 1982, by sitting on the trestle of the Accotink Creek Railroad Bridge and allowing an Amtrak passenger train to strike him.[1]

The train, the Cardinal from Chicago, struck Novotny at 53 miles per hour and hurled him 200 feet, where he struck an embankment.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Teen-Ager is Killed by Train at Accotink." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): B10. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1994). Oct 10 1982. Web. 16 Jan. 2012.