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Cary man killed after being struck by train

Posted June 9, 2009
Updated June 10, 2009

— A Cary man was killed Tuesday morning after an Amtrak train struck a car on a Raleigh railroad, Raleigh police said.

The train was traveling from Charlotte to New York when it hit the car near Royal and Hillsborough streets shortly before 11 a.m., Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Romero said. The train was cleared to continue to its destination around 12:20 p.m., she said.

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Raleigh police said the victim, Jack Milton Daniels, 60, of 319 E. Chatham St. in Cary, ignored the flashing signal and appeared to stop his car in the middle of the crossing.

The train, which was headed east, struck the car and pushed it approximately 75 feet from the point of impact. The train stopped about 829 feet from impact, according to a Raleigh police wreck report.

There were no reports of injuries on the train, which was carrying 191 people, including 23 students and five adults from Bethesda Christian Academy in Durham who were on a field trip to Pullen Park in Raleigh.

Kirk Sporman, general manager of The Brickhouse Restaurant, near the train tracks, said he heard a train whistle blaring for what he thought was 20 to 30 seconds, and then heard a big boom.

"It was bad, you could tell. It was bad real quick," Sporman said.

A man traveling nearby at the time said he heard a horn and then a loud smack. The car appeared to have been thrown about 50 feet from the train crossing into the woods, he said.

Some people who work in the area near the track and drive along the intersection said Tuesday that the track has had periodic problems with the railroad crossing bar malfunctioning.

A representative for CSX, which maintains the railroad, said it appeared the arms were working Tuesday morning and that there have been no recent reports of issues at the crossing.


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  • suzietnc Jun 10, 2009

    I'm so sorry to read this. My condolences and prayers go out to Jack's family. I have been going to Jack's store since 1992. Jack was always kind to me and always had a friendly smile. He will be missed.

  • wlfpak30 Jun 10, 2009

    I lived on Vann Street for years. As a teacher at Athens Drive, I would always stop by every single morning for something to drink and a quick snack before school. The store didn't open till 7 but Jack always let me in early and greeted me with a smile every single day. What a great person. He will be missed by the entire community. God Bless the family during this difficult time.

  • ncsu44 Jun 10, 2009

    This is really sad, I've been going to Jack's store since I was about 10 years old after little league games. Jack was always super nice to us even when we were rowdy kids.

  • jhouse3 Jun 10, 2009

    My deepest condolences to Jack's family. Have been at the shop almost daily for the last year, Jack ALWAYS polite, friendly and started and ended with a kind word. We have lost a good man who answered his country's call to arms and worked hard to succeed every day.

    Go Bravely Forward.


  • gsdnc Jun 10, 2009

    First, Prayers and condolences for the Daniels Family. They have had more than their share of tragedies, I have know them for many, many years, and you couldn't ask for better friends or neighbors. Any of these guys would help anyone who needed it, and never think twice about it.

    Second: for all of you that think you can beat the train to the crossing, don't even think about it. My husband tried it 1 time, knew he could, & in the middle of the track, hears the whistle of the other train coming from the other direction, looked up, & all he could see was the #'s on the engine! Only by the grace of God did he not die that day.

    Don't do it, or you may never have to worry about being in a hurry again.

  • jedichick Jun 10, 2009

    Jack is the father of an old friend of mine. And yes, the same Jack Daniels of the store. So sad to hear about this.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jun 10, 2009

    I think (and this is just my guess) he probably panicked once he was on the tracks and realized a train was coming for him and the arms were coming down. People probalby hate driving behind me, but when those lights flash, I'm stopping. A) You never know if the arms WILL fail B) how are you to know the time between flashing lights and a train coming?

    Safety first. And those trains take MAYBE 2 minutes to pass you by. And that's for a long train.

  • rowrtay Jun 10, 2009

    Jack will be missed. If you never visited Jack Daniels Grocery you should. Jack was a a vietnam vet and a wonderful person. This is a tragedy, and I will miss him.

  • FromClayton Jun 10, 2009

    i am never in such a hurry that i can not wait for the train to pass and the gates to go back up.

  • lildixiedarling8 Jun 10, 2009

    Jack was Don and Joe Daniel's brother.

    Sadly, it was Jack Daniels from Jack Daniels grocery on near Athens Drive High School.