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Dunn man hit, killed by train

Posted February 26, 2009

— A Dunn man died Wednesday after being hit by a six-car Amtrak passenger train in Harnett County around 4 p.m.

The train was heading south near the intersection of U.S. Highway 301 and Hodges Chapel Road when the engineers saw a man standing on the tracks, according to sheriff's officials.

The engineers sounded the horn and applied the emergency brakes but were unable to stop before hitting Timothy Keith Rafferty Jr., 31.

No one on the train was injured. After the investigation, the train continued on to its destination, which sheriff's officials said they didn't know.


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  • Rolling Along Feb 26, 2009

    standsfogotten...OOPS my speel chekker quite warking

  • lolwut420 Feb 26, 2009

    @Rolling Along

    If you're going to criticize WRAL, at least spell Savannah correctly.

  • raggy831 Feb 26, 2009

    I grow up around the tracks, played on them all the time. I also learned to get off the tracks when a train was coming, it's not like you can't hear the whistle (unless you are deaf of course). Sorry for the man and his family.

  • familyfour Feb 26, 2009

    To answer your question with another question....Why else would one stand on a railroad track while a train was coming?

  • xchief661 Feb 26, 2009

    OMG! He was 31 years old. Guess we will never know but was this suicide? I hope not. So sorry for his friends and family. God Bless!

  • Rolling Along Feb 26, 2009

    WRAL...RESEARCH IS YOUR FRIEND! A southbound Amtrak at that time of day was more than likely the Palmetto which stops in Fayetteville, Dillon, Florence, Kingstree, Charleston, Yemassee and Savanah.