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Durham museum train strikes employee

Posted November 16, 2012

— The train at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham ran over a museum employee Friday morning, pinning his leg underneath, officials said.

The unidentified employee was hit by the Ellerbe Creek Railway, the small train that provides museum visitors with 10-minute rides around the grounds, at about 8:30 a.m. He was blowing leaves off the train tracks when he was hit, according to Sierra Jackson, spokeswoman for the Durham Fire Department.

Firefighters were able to free the man's leg, and he was taken to Durham Regional Hospital for treatment, Jackson said. His condition was unknown.

“We are deeply concerned about this morning’s incident. Right now, our primary focus is on the health of the employee involved,” museum spokeswoman Taneka Bennett said.



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  • busyb97 Nov 16, 2012

    Fortunately, being at 8:30am, there shouldn't have been any kids around or on the train, since the museum isn't open until 9am for members, and 10am for the public, I think (that's how it was the last time I was there this spring).

    Either way.... yes, people need to pay attention! The train has a set path it will 99.99% of the time always follow. The two-footed animals need to use COMMON SENSE and look before crossing a train track or a street! Back to basics people! So many of these things can be avoided by a little bit of common sense and self preservation, not self-centeredness (aware of only ME).

  • computer trainer Nov 16, 2012

    I just hope that no children were on the train, or saw this. How scary it must have been.

  • Common_Sensey Nov 16, 2012

    "It is President Obama and the liberals fault!" -piene2

    Hehe....your comment is pretty ridiculous. Well except for the fact that I'd imagine 98% of everybody in Durham voted for Obama. Mainly just because of his skin color.

  • piene2 Nov 16, 2012

    It is President Obama and the liberals fault!

  • Common_Sensey Nov 16, 2012

    "This story doesn't make sense if you have ever been on the train at the museum. It is a small, slow train that goes in a loop outside the museum. We are not talking Amtrak here or a speeding freight train. It's open air and designed for families and kids to ride it."

    Yes, the train at the museum in Durham is about the same size as the one at Pullen Park in Raleigh. It's a miniature, but I bet it'll still hurt if it hits you.

  • childofNC Nov 16, 2012

    "All trains need to only travel at speed of NO GREATER than 5 mph at all times. this will stop accidents. Also when coming to ANY Crossing the train must stop and someone get off and walk a head of the train to prevent accidents."
    Sherlock

    Using that logic, the same rule should apply to cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, boats and planes. Completely disregard the need to move people and products efficiently and quickly.

  • VickLo Nov 16, 2012

    @Sherlock - You are too funny!

  • albegadeep Nov 16, 2012

    Due to the mass of any train - even this small one - a train has a hard time stopping. Even if the conductor tried, he/she probably couldn't stop in time.

    Just like in the other story, it's YOUR responsibility to not be on the tracks as the train comes by.

  • Sherlock Nov 16, 2012

    All trains need to only travel at speed of NO GREATER than 5 mph at all times. this will stop accidents. Also when coming to ANY Crossing the train must stop and someone get off and walk a head of the train to prevent accidents.

  • RAA0013 Nov 16, 2012

    This story doesn't make sense if you have ever been on the train at the museum. It is a small, slow train that goes in a loop outside the museum. We are not talking Amtrak here or a speeding freight train. It's open air and designed for families and kids to ride it.

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