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Dudley man killed by freight train in Clayton

Posted May 3, 2011

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— A Dudley man was killed Tuesday when he was hit by a freight train in Clayton, police said.

Joshua Allen Burnette, 26, of Emmanuel Place, apparently was crossing the tracks in an area parallel to westbound U.S. Highway 70 Business near eastbound N.C. Highway 42 shortly after 11:30 a.m. when he was struck by an eastbound Norfolk Southern locomotive, police said.

The engineer repeatedly sounded the horn as the man walked toward the tracks, police said.

The weather was clear, and there was nothing to obstruct a pedestrian's view of the approaching train, which was traveling at about 45 mph, police said.

No one on the train, which consisted only of two coupled engines, was injured.

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  • JimFink May 4, 2011

    sweetcherryba, My thoughts are with you. I'm sure it's an incredibly painful time for you. But Sweetie, this accident just happened yesterday afternoon. Are you sure about your autopsy statement? I wasn't aware that toxicology reports were conducted so quickly. I wish you the best.

  • sweetcherryba May 4, 2011

    To set all you straight, I knew this guy very well. He indeed had a hearing problem. He did not commit suicide, his right foot got caught in the track as he was crossing!! The autopsy confirmed no drugs or alcohol was in his system!! It's pathetic to hear all these accusations when none of you know him or what was going on!

  • likesanimalsmore May 4, 2011

    oh please... deaf? he certainly wasn't blind. Seriously.... how could you even think for a second this wasn't done on purpose?!

  • samiam1244 May 3, 2011

    Poor guy ,maybe he was deaf..

  • wildcat May 3, 2011

    So sad this man would not get off the tracks. Was he drinking alcohol, or using some kind of illegal drugs? My condolences to the family and friends.

  • LOC May 3, 2011

    I wonder if he did that on purpose?? May his soul RIP.