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Pedestrian killed by train in Mount Olive

Posted November 21, 2011

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— Authorities identified a Duplin County man Monday who was struck and killed by a train in Mount Olive Friday as he walked down the center of the tracks.

Marquis Lamont Ezzell, 27, of Calypso, had ear buds from an electrical device in his ears when he was struck from behind, police said. The train did use its visual and audible warning systems as it approached Ezzell, witnesses said.

Police made a preliminary identification on Ezzell's body based on personal belongings found at the scene. The state crime lab confirmed it was Ezzell on Monday.

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  • akirby1 Nov 22, 2011

    I am so sorry for this poor man and his family. This is hard to get off my mind. Please know that God is with us during our hardest of times...

  • sinenomine Nov 22, 2011

    Ditto theonlyregina's comment of 11/22/2011 at 8:07 a.m.

    To which I would append - In addition to the general rule that it's not safe to walk on railroad trestles one might be mindful to avoid the use of earbuds when one is on the tracks and a train might appear. Better yet, stay off railroad property, including the track!

  • JimFink Nov 22, 2011

    My sincerest condolences to Marquis' family and friends.