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Man hit, killed by Amtrak train in Durham

Posted January 12

A pedestrian was struck by an Amtrak train early Sunday afternoon. The incident happened at around 12:30 p.m. in the area of Neal Road and Hillsborough Road involving an Amtrak Piedmont train, which operates between Raleigh and Charlotte. No injuries were reported among the crew or 80 passengers. (WRAL/Zac Gooch)

— A man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train early Sunday afternoon.

The incident happened at around 12:30 p.m. at the railroad bridge on Neal Road near Hillsborough Road involving the Amtrak Piedmont 75 train traveling from Raleigh to Charlotte.

No injuries were reported among the crew or 80 passengers.

Investigators had not released the man's identity Sunday afternoon or said why he was on the train tracks.

The train was delayed for about three hours while Durham police and Norfolk Southern police investigated. Neal Road was closed between Hillsborough Road and Comfort Lane.

It was later delayed in Greensboro, an Amtrak spokesman said, after it ran over a body there. Further details about that incident weren't available Sunday night.

The accident is the second in the Triangle this month involving an Amtrak train.

Lauren Webb, 21, of Laurinburg, was killed Jan. 2 when the car she was in was hit by a northbound Amtrak Silver Star train in Cary.

Authorities said the vehicle drove around a lowered crossing arm. The driver, Benny Derrick Dimery, 24, was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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  • jmc3 Jan 13, 4:29 p.m.

    Tragic situation, prayers for the victim's family. Prayers go out especially to the engineer and crew of the train. I was nearby yesterday when the accident happened and saw the train go by. Seconds later, I heard the engineer lay on the whistle. I knew that it was not good since there are no crossings in that area. The bridge is around a curve where the engineer's sight distance would have been short with no time to react. I hope he and the rest of the crew have some professional help available to them if needed to help them cope.

  • jackaroe123 Jan 13, 3:42 p.m.

    "The fact that blame is placed on an individual in such circumstances does not mean that the person placing the blame cannot also feel sorrow for the lot of the victim or sympathy for the victim's family"

    I don't think that's ever successfully conveyed in the comment section for any online news article.

  • jesspinky1 Jan 13, 1:39 p.m.

    Did I read that right? The same train hit 2 people in 1 day?

  • 45ACP Jan 13, 1:26 p.m.

    - Not all cases are drugs/alcohol -
    You have to remember a recent close call in Raleigh. The... View More

    — Posted by weatherboy19

    Narrowly Killed???

  • weatherboy19 Jan 13, 12:49 p.m.

    - Not all cases are drugs/alcohol -
    You have to remember a recent close call in Raleigh. The elderly lady was narrowly killed by the train. After an extensive search by RFD, RPD, and other agencies it was learned that she suffered Dementia and was clueless to her surroundings. The train swiped her purse from her body, but otherwise she made off without a scratch.

  • sinenomine Jan 13, 11:58 a.m.

    While it is true, EYEONEASTSKY, that we can never (or at any rate rarely) know the distress of the person on the tracks I think it can be said that those who have voluntarily become intoxicated by alcohol or drugs are fundamentally at fault for their own deaths.

    The fact that blame is placed on an individual in such circumstances does not mean that the person placing the blame cannot also feel sorrow for the lot of the victim or sympathy for the victim's family.

  • scubagirl2 Jan 13, 10:37 a.m.

    Take 2, apparently 'something' in my last attempt offended the censors.....

    If one is on the tracks they are trespassing. I fault the people on the tracks every single time as the train is not at fault...

    better?

  • abwhite88 Jan 13, 10:36 a.m.

    With all due respect I did not get the impression that the story tried to make it sound like the... View More

    — Posted by sinenomine

    Dang near impossible LOL. Barring catastrophe that is... (explosion, derailment)

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 13, 10:06 a.m.

    Get off the tracks people. These are not toy trains.

  • eyeoneastsky Jan 13, 10:00 a.m.

    One never knows what sort of distress a person is in when they stand on train tracks. Maybe confused, intoxicated, drugged, possibilities are endless. Deep sympathy to the family of this victim and the one in Greensboro.

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