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Deaf man killed by train in Four Oaks

Posted May 8, 2008

— A train hit and killed a man sitting beside railroad tracks in Johnston County Wednesday night.

Four Oaks police say the 38-year-old was deaf and was drinking. The man’s name was not released.

The incident happened between Baker and Tucker streets. Train service was running again Thursday morning.


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  • mrtwinturbo May 8, 2008

    The train could not swerve in time?

  • Travised May 8, 2008

    Exactly enough. They cause QUITE a rumble. Add to that it's light on the front. Somethings missing.

  • MrPearce May 8, 2008


    I would agree, except he was drinking. He may have felt it, but either was too drunk to move, or too drunk to interpret the vibration, or it was suicide with a train.

    I hope the best for his family and the engineer and his family. From what I have read, it is awful for the engineers. They see it coming and can't do anything about it, just watch it play out, with the train in emergency breaking, probably stopping a quarter mile or more later.

  • monkey_boy09 May 8, 2008

    that stinks, but is it just me, or are there a lot of news coming from Four Oaks.. its like everyweek i'm hearing Four Oaks in the news.
    Stop It !

  • celong May 8, 2008

    Two tragic deaths in the Four Oaks community. My prayers are with you.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 May 8, 2008

    This is so sad but I'm not in favor of some ADA rule which gives deaf people the right a way over trains, cars, trucks,...
    Many of ADA issues are necessary to aid people into society but some are far to expensive to even be practical. We need to make accomodations instead of rebuilding offices.

  • enoughsenough May 8, 2008

    You would think he could feel the vibration the train was causing.