Charles Town-based jockey Carlos L. Castro is in critical condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., after being struck by a freight train Sunday afternoon near the track in the town of Ranson, W. Va.
According to Officer Brian Wilson of the Ranson Police Department, Castro, 38, was walking on the railroad tracks at approximately 4 p.m. Feb. 18 when he was hit. He was airlifted by helicopter to Inova Fairfax. Wilson did not know why Castro was on the tracks and could not provide information on the nature of Castro's injuries. A statement attributed to Wilson in The Journal of Martinsburg, W. Va., said the train sounded and warning horn but was unable to stop before striking Castro. Wilson told The Journal it did not appear Castro was wearing headphones attached to a smartphone or digital device.
Castro has not ridden since Feb. 3 at Charles Town. He's won three of 25 races this year and has 1,149 career wins from 11,155 mounts, with total mount earnings of $19.7 million. A native of Puerto Rico, Castro began riding at El Comandante racetrack in 2001 before switching to the Mid-Atlantic. He's also ridden in the Midwest and Southwest during his career.
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