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Freight train strikes pedestrian in Raleigh

Posted July 7, 2008

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— A middle-aged man walking along railroad tracks was struck by a Norfolk-Southern freight train on Monday afternoon.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Hillsborough and Beryl streets, near the Royal Street train crossing, around 12:45 p.m., police said. The train was moving slowly at the time.

Police said the man was unconscious at the scene, but his prognosis appeared to be good. His name has been withheld.

The intersection of Hillsborough and Beryl streets was closed, along with the Royal Street train crossing.

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  • baconricky Jul 7, 2008

    Maybe he was listening to a walkman/ipod/8-track boom box and didn't hear the train coming?

    Not all trains are thoughtful enough to come at you face first.

  • wolfbearrtp2 Jul 7, 2008

    he's probably homeless or without insurance and we all (taxpayers) will have to pay for his recovery.

  • dwntwnboy Jul 7, 2008

    You have to be a special kind of stupid to get hit by a slow moving train while on foot. There is only one place in the world you can get hit by a train- ON THE TRACKS!! The Darwin theory almost worked with this person. Maybe he wanted to get hit by a train? The fact he lived through it proves he needs to go buy a lottery ticket this week, this is his lucky week for sure.

  • 1Rx4FN Jul 7, 2008

    Maybe too much to drink and watching 'Hancock' this weekend led to this incident.

  • FromClayton Jul 7, 2008

    How to survive a train in 2 easy steps...
    1. face oncoming train
    2. take 2 steps to the left OR right

    That's pretty much all there is to it.

  • nodoginthisfight Jul 7, 2008

    How hard is it to get out of the way of a train,especially a slooow moving freight. Train runs on tracks, it can't follow you.