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Man killed by train in Clayton

Posted September 13, 2009
Updated September 14, 2009

— A freight train hit and killed a 25-year-old man near the Shotwell Road railroad crossing Sunday night, Clayton police said.

Police said that Victor Garcia Macias was walking west on the railroad tracks when an eastbound Norfolk Southern train approached him shortly before 10 p.m. Macias didn't make it off the tracks before the train struck him, approximately 500 feet east of the crossing.

Macias, of 2448 Shotwell Road, was originally from Mexico City, police said. They released his identity after informing his family of his death.

The train was carrying ethanol, but no leaks were reported.


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  • Centurian Sep 14, 2009

    Clayton PD's website states: "Initial reports tend to show alcohol may have been a contributing factor in his actions."

  • thought Sep 14, 2009

    ok- so a train was coming toward him- he did not see it????? when you cross a road or tracks- you look both ways- or so my mom taught me.

  • onthapitch Sep 14, 2009

    I take it neither of you live in Clayton. There are a slew of shopping centers and restaurants on one side of the track. On the other side, crossing Shotwell, are many houses.

  • Just Saying in NC Sep 14, 2009

    Why does anyone walk on railroad tracks? In people vs. train it never turns out well. I feel bad for the conductor who was not at fault here but still has to live with the situation.

  • OpinionatedGuy Sep 14, 2009

    This is so sad... But what was he doing on the train tracks at O'dark thrity in the morning???