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Freight train hits, kills man in Orange County

Posted August 8, 2012 7:21 a.m. EDT
Updated August 8, 2012 1:26 p.m. EDT

— A man was struck and killed by a freight train early Wednesday along a stretch of railroad between Mebane and Efland, authorities said.

Major C.S. Blackwood, with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, said Andrew Wayne Farrell III, 34, of 1010 Louis St., Burlington, had been sitting on the tracks when the eastbound Norfolk Southern train hit him around 5:45 a.m.

Robin Chapman, a spokesman with Norfolk Southern Corp., said Farrell was sitting about two-tenths of a mile west of the crossing at Redman Crossing Road near U.S. Highway 70, facing away from the oncoming train.

He said the train blew its horn, but the man did not respond.

Blackwood said investigators do not expect to file charges.