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Man hit, killed by Amtrak train in Durham

Posted January 1, 2016
Updated January 2, 2016

A pedestrian died Jan. 1, 2016, after getting hit by an Amtrak passenger train near the intersection of North LaSalle and West Pettigrew streets in Durham.

— A man died Friday afternoon after getting hit by an Amtrak passenger train in Durham, authorities said.

The westbound train hit 54-year-old Paul Klemmer on the tracks in the 3500 block of Hillsborough Road at about 12:30 p.m.

None of the 96 passengers on the train was hurt.

The accident remains under investigation.


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  • Pamela West Jan 2, 2016
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    The paramedic told me he was reaking of alcohol to the point he probably didn't even see the train. To be homeless, living in the woods is still a sad situation. Being intoxicated to the point of not seeing a train is even sadder.

  • Matt Clinton Jan 2, 2016
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    These stories always make it sound like the train is at fault. "Man walks in front of moving train, dies" works a lot better.

  • Mike Smith Jan 1, 2016
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    You play on the tracks you die

  • Justin Case Jan 1, 2016
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    This has gone on long enough, It's now time to Ban All Trains! and Cars and Horse carriages.

  • Vera McGraw Jan 1, 2016
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    intoxicated somehow and suicide.....that is what I feel happened

  • Steve Faulkner Jan 1, 2016
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    And the train wins AGAIN, just like always.

  • Norman Lewis Jan 1, 2016
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    I think likely, alcohol was involved. In a related story, the Amtrak engineer is charged by the family of the deceased with sneaking up on the defenseless pedestrian and striking him out of nowhere. At least we did not get another bogus story of the car "breaking down" just as it was passing over the tracks, (substitute trying to beat the oncoming train for breaking down).

  • Roscoe P Coltrane Jan 1, 2016
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    Another with this train strikes. How do you not hear and/or see a train? This was not at a station where one could fall onto the tracks. This is just an intersection. My vote is suicide.