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Woman narrowly avoids being hit by train in Raleigh

Posted July 12, 2013
Updated July 13, 2013

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— A woman who was the subject of a Silver Alert narrowly avoided being hit by a passing train Friday evening near Beryl Road and Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, police said. 

A conductor on Amtrak's Piedmont No. 76, due to arrive in downtown Raleigh at 8:26 p.m., notified authorities shortly before that time that he thought he may have hit someone. 

Police stopped the train on the tracks, and it remained in place until after 10 p.m. as police, firefighters and EMTs searched nearby with flashlights.

After an extensive search, police located Mary Smith Hinton, who admitted to police she barely missed being hit by the train. She was not injured. 

Police found Hinton's purse and ID near the place where the conductor told police he may have hit someone.

The train rolled into the Raleigh station at around 10:30 p.m.


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