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Man killed in Durham train crash identified

Posted February 1, 2013

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— Police on Friday released the name of a man killed by an Amtrak train in Durham Tuesday evening.

Raymond Jacob Phillips Jr., 78, of Chapel Hill, was walking along the tracks about a quarter-mile from the train crossing on Buchanan Boulevard near West Main Street when he was hit by the eastbound 76 Piedmont passenger train, police said.

The train was heading to Raleigh from Charlotte and was traveling 55 mph at the time of the wreck, an Amtrak spokesperson said. None of the train's 35 passengers or crew members was hurt.

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  • tamcapwral Feb 4, 2013

    Unless you remain hyper-aware, you should NEVER walk alongside any train tracks. That's just common-sense. Crossing them illegally is probably less dangerous, but you should be extra careful too. Please do not blame the train or the train crew on this death.

  • beach2011 Feb 4, 2013

    Unfortunately sounds like a suicide. Praying for the family.

  • Itdoesnotmatter Feb 1, 2013

    That is very sad. But, what was he doing walking on the tracks? I just don't understand how people get hit by trains...

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 1, 2013

    My condolences to his family and many friends.

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 1, 2013

    Traveling 55 through downtown on non elevated tracks smart... If this were am automobile there would be murder charges.