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Husband, wife killed by train in Durham

Posted April 5, 2015
Updated April 6, 2015

— Durham police said two people were struck and killed by an Amtrak train Sunday morning.

The accident happened at 3457 Hillsborough Road shortly before 10 a.m. Police said Derek Lowe, 38, and his wife, Tina Lowe, 33, were on the tracks when they were struck. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said it appears one person was sitting on the tracks and the other was trying to pull that person to safety.

A spokesperson with Amtrak said the Carolinian left Charlotte at 7 a.m., headed toward New York City. It was on its way to Raleigh when the accident occurred.

No injuries were reported on the train, which was carrying 166 passengers. However, medical help was called for a man on the train who complained of chest pains related to a stab wound he had received last week, police said.

The couple had fallen on hard times, said Penny Cobb, the mother of Derek Lowe's 14-year-old son.

"They came here one night and got dropped off a few days ago, about five, six days ago," she said. "They didn't have anywhere to go. I let them stay the night."

Cobb described Tina Lowe as sweet and intelligent and Derek Lowe as a musician who wrote a song called "Seven Miles High" when she was pregnant with their son.

"Derek was such a good man," she said. "He really was down deep. He was just so lost."

Holding back tears, Cobb said she now wishes she had done more.

"I almost wished I would've kept them here instead of letting them leave the other day because maybe I could've done something different," she said.


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  • Salatheal Hasty Apr 6, 2015
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    More people are hit by trains in Burlington/Mebane aka Alamance County...you should picking up a body after its hit by a train! I have plenty of times and it's not pretty...

  • Collin McLoud Apr 6, 2015
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    I don't believe you "accidentally" get hit by a train. It's not like you can't hear it, see it, or feel the ground vibrating as it nears. This was a suicide.

  • Tito Feliciano Apr 6, 2015
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    So stuck in a car on the track or just stuck on the track like the one guy in that movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" stuck?

  • Belinda Warrick Apr 5, 2015
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    "One person sitting on the tracks and another trying to pull them off" now their both dead. The suicide would be tragic enough but add on the the death of the spouse trying to save the other one and it's seems cruel. So sad, hope it was all just an accident.

  • Mark Farmer Apr 5, 2015
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    the first time I heard of this was back when the Walkman was popular. I wonder how many people have died since then.

    To many I'm sure.

  • Sarcoi Dosis Apr 5, 2015
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    Hopefully not a Suicide. That would devastate the Engineer even more.