Dunn, N.C. — A Dunn man died Saturday night after being hit by a train while he was trying to get his pickup truck off the railroad tracks, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
The CSX train, with three locomotives and 52 rail cars, was headed to Jacksonville, Fla., from North Bergen, N.J., when it hit Andrew Williams, 59, of Dunn.
Authorities said Williams was trying to cross a closed section on Arrowhead Road in Dunn sometime after 9 p.m. when his truck got stuck in the tracks.
Williams and a passenger tried to use a jack to get the truck out of a rut when the passenger saw the train and jumped off the tracks.
Authorities said the passenger yelled for Williams to get out of the way, but that it was too late.
Williams had been drinking, the Highway Patrol said.
Authorities said the area around the railroad track had been closed for about a week while undergoing repairs. But people who live in the area said Sunday that cars have been disregarding warning signs and crossing anyway.
Williams leaves behind two children.
"Andrew was a special man. He had a good heart for his family. He loved his children. He was a good friend to me," his ex-wife, Lena Williams, said. "He would give you the shirt off his back, if he could."