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Train hits, kills woman in Durham

Posted September 9, 2008

— An Amtrak passenger train hit and killed a woman in Durham Tuesday morning near East Pettigrew and Dillard streets, according to police.

Authorities identified the woman as Carla Bagley, 50, of Greensboro. Her death does not appear to be suspicious, police said.

The incident happened about 7:30 a.m. The train was allowed to leave the scene around 9:45 a.m.

The train was Amtrak's Piedmont train, No. 73, from Raleigh to Charlotte, sponsored by the state Department of Transportation, DOT confirmed. It is scheduled to leave the Durham station daily at 7:30 a.m.

The accident happened about five blocks east of the station as the train was coming into Durham.

Anyone with information should contact Investigator D. West at 560-4440 ext. 259 or Crime Stoppers at 683-1200.


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  • haggis basher Sep 11, 2008

    "Above is the link to the statistics you requested."

    Interesting, but hardly proof. With religions where Suicide is considered a sin it is often/usually covered up and called an "accident" so that the dead person can be properly buried in the churchyard and there is no shame attached to the death. Where folks don't beleive in "Suicide as Sin" as such there is no such reason to lie about the death and the figures will be much higher.

    You do know that praying NEVER works any better than probability don't you? Google "Why god doesn'theal amputees" for a very clear explanation of why that is.

  • johneve Sep 10, 2008

    I actually remember this young woman from school ~ her younger sister was in my grade. I remember the girls as being very bright and bubbly - one or both were cheerleaders. I knew as soon as I saw her name yesterday - I hoped it was not her. Depression is a horrible illness effecting all. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones and also to all those that witnessed it and yes, the train conductor too. To others: do not be quick to criticize or pass judgement - until you have been in similar shoes, you have no idea.

  • you know who Sep 10, 2008


    Haggis Basher:

    Above is the link to the statistics you requested. Depression and mental illness effect millions...including Christians. My comments were referencing the mention of where God was for this particular lady (if it even applied to her). Your extreme sensitivity to this subject is a personal issue. Personally, I am confident in my belief and feel we will have to agree to disagree. Whether you approve or not I will lift you up in prayer. God bless :0)

  • haggis basher Sep 10, 2008

    "The so-called "services" that are here to help people struggling with issues fail them at every opportunity...this is the reason people resort to this sort of behavior...very sad"

    Depression affects the rich as well as the poor, its a mental illness and the despair that drives them to suicide does not have to have any basis in reality. Yes the well off and those with good family support will have better recovery rates but neither factor is necessarily decisive.

  • jaydiar Sep 10, 2008

    It was suicide...no fault on anyone save those that failed her in her times of need. The so-called "sevices" that are here to help people struggling with issues fail them at every opportunity...this is the reason people resort to this sort of behavior...very sad

  • haggis basher Sep 10, 2008

    "Statitics will show that true christians, don't resort to suicide (if this was the case)and it is unfortunately those that have no hope or belief in our Lord and Savior that feel this is the only option. Please research or at least think before you type."

    Please post where such statistics are available. Suicide is usually as a result of a mental illness called Depression. Religion has nothing to do with it other than as another way the priests get control of us by saying that our bodies and our minds do not belong to us but to their favorite sky fairy. Religous attitudes to suicide, have in the past been nothing short of disgusting (telling folks that their child who killed themselves won't go to heaven etc) so don't you dare come "the holier than thou" nonsense on a subject you obcviously do not have a clue about!

  • OpinionOnEverything Sep 9, 2008

    The woman must have been distracted, either by a pressing cell phone conversation, or whatever. It's not the conductor's fault or the train. You need to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

  • workingforthosethatwont Sep 9, 2008

    I've never known a train to leave the tracks and chase someone down. All you have to do is take two steps to the side and it won't hit you!

  • mocena Sep 9, 2008

    mellh84: If you don't want to read about people complaining, you probably shouldn't frequent these boards, that's all they do here.

  • familyfour Sep 9, 2008

    There is a reason school busses have to stop at all railroad tracks....I think this is it.