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Man hit by train in Sanford

Posted August 26, 2013

— A man remained in critical condition Monday after being hit by a train in Sanford over the weekend, police said.

Richard Lee Spears, 47, of Sanford,was hit by a southbound train as he was crossing the tracks near the intersection of Wicker and Moore streets shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Spears was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill for treatment.

No other details were released.


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  • LibertarianTechie Aug 28, 2013

    Wow. You cannot see nor hear those trains coming as they wind through Sanford on the tracks. While there are no stop arms in the area, there are signs, and the trains do have loud horns. Unless he couldn't hear, this may have been a suicide attempt. I feel for his family, and the families of the engineers that had to see this happen.

  • sunshine1040 Aug 26, 2013

    If you just read the headline the train would have had to jump the track but that is not the story a person on the tracks that could not see or hear a train so sorry for his family

  • sinenomine Aug 26, 2013

    Not only do I hope the man is OK but also the engineer and train crew who were forced to undergo the trauma of the experience of hitting him without any fault of their own. Trains can't stop on a dime or take a side road. The experience of having to have seen something like this from the cab of a locomotive has caused more than one engineer to seek other employment.

  • sandiegom22 Aug 26, 2013

    The title of these reports needs to change. These are obviously suicide attempts. There's no way you can not see a train coming. Especially at a crosswalk where they blow their horn when their about 500yds away from the crossing.

  • 678devilish Aug 26, 2013

    How awful! Hope he will be OK and glad he is alive. But why do these individuals continue to be on the rail-road track when they know it is dangerous?