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Pedestrian killed by Amtrak train in Durham

Posted September 9, 2014

Durham police respond to a Sept. 9, 2014, pedestrian death on the railroad tracks between Roxboro and Dillard streets.

— A man was killed Tuesday afternoon when he was hit by an Amtrak passenger train as he crossed the railroad tracks between Roxboro and Dillard streets in Durham, police said.

Cenntell Tremane Thomas, 30, of Durham, was hit at about 12:15 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Amtrak officials said its trains would be delayed by two hours.


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  • bach1 Sep 10, 2014

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    and I lost someone close to me this way. I tried to get in touch with the conductor to tell them it wasn't their fault. I called Amtrak. No one would let me speak with the conductor. I know they have groups for Amtrak workers who witness this but there should also be a way for the family of the deceased person to talk to the conductor. It would have helped me a great deal to have that conversation with them and heal.

  • 123skipjack Sep 9, 2014

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    ...nothing, go back to sleep

  • Kristin Byrne Sep 9, 2014
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    People walking on train tracks aren't pedestrians. They're breaking the law.

    Sorry if I sound heartless, but my mom works for the FRA and has the unpleasant task of interviewing engineers after an accident such as this. How about a little compassion for them? Even a train going 35 mph can't stop on a dime, and an engineer sits helpless as he/she watches their train hit someone who shouldn't be on the tracks in the first place. I do feel for the families of those who lose their lives because they made poor decisions, but we need to stop giving people a free pass. It's illegal to walk on the tracks. Period. We can put as many fail safes as possible in place, but at what point do people have to take responsibility for their actions? STAY OFF THE TRACKS!

  • gregbscis Sep 9, 2014

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    The only one to blame is the pedestrian unless the engineer was not doing his job by sounding the horn when he saw a pedestrian on the tracks and/or attempted to stop. Keep in mind, a 35 mph train does not or will not stop on a dime unless it is just the locomotive and no rolling stock. Even then, your car will still stop faster than metal on metal with considerable weight at 35 mph.

    Again, Look, Listen, and Live!

  • Kathleen Newberg Sep 9, 2014
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    I'm sure most cases are accidents, but maybe some cases are intentional on the part of the pedestrian. Tragic either way.

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 9, 2014

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    True, and they are responsible if they hit a pedestrian while speeding.

  • SomewhereLeftOfRTP Sep 9, 2014

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    Yes, since there's apparently no way to dodge one of these trains (if only it were possible to move five or ten feet to either side of the track!), the solution is clearly to make the trains go so slowly that you can outrun them.

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 9, 2014

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    When I see Amtrack trains traveling through Durham and Morrisville they're not traveling 35.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 9, 2014

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    Cars drive faster on every road around there.

  • bach1 Sep 9, 2014

    @Babylaceycarpenter - thank you for saying what I was to angry to say to some of these posters. prayers to the family.