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Dudley man killed by freight train in Clayton

Posted May 3, 2011 4:32 p.m. EDT

— A Dudley man was killed Tuesday when he was hit by a freight train in Clayton, police said.

Joshua Allen Burnette, 26, of Emmanuel Place, apparently was crossing the tracks in an area parallel to westbound U.S. Highway 70 Business near eastbound N.C. Highway 42 shortly after 11:30 a.m. when he was struck by an eastbound Norfolk Southern locomotive, police said.

The engineer repeatedly sounded the horn as the man walked toward the tracks, police said.

The weather was clear, and there was nothing to obstruct a pedestrian's view of the approaching train, which was traveling at about 45 mph, police said.

No one on the train, which consisted only of two coupled engines, was injured.