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Amtrak train strikes, kills pedestrian

Posted July 10, 2010
Updated July 11, 2010

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— An Amtrak passenger train struck and killed a pedestrian early Saturday afternoon on tracks underneath the Interstate 85 bridge south of Hillsborough.

Orange County emergency dispatchers said that the westbound train hit Ronald McMahan, 63, of Hillsborough, around 12:45 p.m. on tracks passing underneath I-85 between mile markers 164 and 165.

No train passengers were injured, and the train was not derailed.

Authorities have not released more details.


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  • tiffanyboley Jul 13, 2010

    Jdixon 2 I really think it's rude of you to say "What a price to pay for it". As someone who knew Ronnie and was family, I am very sad that you are so insensitive.Ronnie was a good man countless times he would stop by my grandparents to say hey and check on them as well as bring them their mail. Ronnie worked for the town of Hillsborough and just retired in December. He was well loved and respected in Hillsborough NC. Ronnie walked every where he went he couldn't drive a car. He was on his was from getting his grocerys from walmart when the accident happened.He attended church almost every sunday and never hardly missed one. We are very sad about this loss.So before you are so insensitive next time think before you speak.

  • branch04 Jul 12, 2010

    Price to pay is exactly right, since the person has been killed don't you think pedestrian is a more gentle term for the family.

  • jdixon2 Jul 12, 2010

    Pedestrian is probably not the best term for this person. The more accurate description would be trespasser. People who walk the tracks are just that trespassers. The tracks are owned/leased to the railroad. What a price to pay for it.