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Authorities: Woman killed by train was 4 months pregnant

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MONCKS CORNER — The woman who was killed by a train earlier this week was four months pregnant, the coroner's office said Friday.

An autopsy showed that 26-year-old Kadie Major lost an unborn boy when she died from the impact, Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Salisbury said.

Major also lost a 10-month-old daughter, whose name was River. The child, dressed in a pink one-piece outfit and shoes, was found in a creek near the track adjacent to Oakley Road. The child died by drowning, Salisbury said. The autopsy didn't show any other injuries to her.

Major, who was married and lived in town, died sometime between 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, when she was last seen by family members, and 8:15 a.m. Thursday, when a CSX Railroad employee found her body near the track.

Salisbury won't be able to say when she died until he gets the results of the videos made by the nine trains that passed through there during that time.

"We don't expect that until next week," Salisbury said. "Those trains are all over the Southeast now."

The baby's body was about 50 yards from the track, Berkeley County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Blair Jennings said. Only a few feet of ground slope down between the track and the creek. Investigators checked for footprints between the mother and the baby and didn't find any, he said. He said investigators have found nothing to indicate the baby was not thrown into the creek by the impact of the train.

An Oakley Road resident reported Major's white Chevrolet pickup truck in his driveway after the bodies were found. Officials couldn't find the keys Thursday. When they got a copy of the key made Friday, the truck started right up, Jennings said.

Investigators have not found any evidence of a homicide of either the mother or the child, but they have been checking for it, Jennings said.

"We're investigating every possibility," he said. "At the scene, there was no physical evidence to support any theory."

Nor does anything found at the scene shed any light on why Major was on the track, he said. "I don't know that we'll ever know," he said.

Attempts to contact her husband and other relatives Friday were unsuccessful.

Major graduated from Northwood Academy in North Charleston, when her name was Kadie Hall.

Northwood Academy Principal Darlene Anderson confirmed that Major graduated from the school but said she could not say anything else without permission from the family.

Reach Dave Munday at 745-5862 or dmunday@postandcourier.com.

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