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Man hit, killed by Amtrak train in Mebane

Posted May 6, 2015

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— A Raleigh-bound Amtrak train hit and killed a man Wednesday afternoon in Mebane, officials said.

The incident happened at about 2:15 p.m. near South First Street and U.S. Highway 70.

Charlie Andrew Johnston, 50, of Mebane, was attempting to cross the railroad tracks when he was hit, authorities said.

A total of 58 passengers were on board the Piedmont, officials said. No other injuries were reported.

No further information was immediately available.

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  • Barbara Sheppard May 7, 2015
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    Wow! That's crazy!

  • Kristin Byrne May 7, 2015
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    I've heard from people who have investigated these crashes that there's a misconception among some people about how much time they have to get out of the way of a train, especially in the more rural areas. Freight trains usually go much slower than commercial trains, and people often take risks by trying to cross the tracks in front of them. Some people assume that when they see an Amtrak train, they have the same amount of time, which proves false in many cases. What isn't reported are the numbers of close calls that these engineers have from people trying to beat the train. Some people have been lucky enough to make it. Most are not.

  • Tim Dean May 7, 2015
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    Becoming an on going event in the past months. Hard headed people wont listen so I feel sorry for no one.

  • Barbara Sheppard May 7, 2015
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    Why are there so many people being hit by Amtrak trains lately? You don't hear of them being hit by a freight train, only Amtrak? What's up with that? And why are so many people being hit by trains to begin with? Don't they know there is a train coming? Its hard to miss. Or is that the point? Are they all suicides?

  • Gary Hutson May 7, 2015
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    How do you not see a train if you are looking before you cross tracks? Why would you cross tracks without looking?