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Police identify man killed by freight train

Posted June 2, 2010

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— Police on Wednesday identified a man who was killed by a freight train in Durham last month.

Luis Ayala Ortega, 40, was sitting on the tracks on Hillsborough Road near Main Street on May 23 when he was struck by a Norfolk Southern train.

Investigators said there was no indication that the train was speeding, and witnesses told investigators that Ortega didn't move when the train's whistle sounded.

Ortega was homeless, police said, and they are trying to locate relatives.

Anyone with information about Ortega’s relatives is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29322.


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  • cth1 Jun 3, 2010

    Sounds like suicide to me. That's so sad!!! I hate it for the guy/gal driving the train. I'm sure that's a hard image to get out of your head!!

  • Desiderata Jun 2, 2010

    This is just so sad..

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Jun 2, 2010