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Separate Train Accidents Kill 1, Hurt Another

Posted April 4, 2005 3:29 a.m. EDT

— Two train accidents on Sunday killed one person and injured another.

An Amtrak train loaded with passengers struck and killed a man Sunday afternoon.

One accident happened off South Blount Street in downtown Raleigh. Investigators said Arthur Earl Bagley, Jr. was walking down the tracks with his back to an Amtrak train.

The conductor said he blew the horn several times, but Bagley did not respond.

Police said they suspect Bagley might have been wearing headphones and simply didn't hear the train edging up behind him. Witnesses told police he didn't even turn his head before the front grille of the locomotive hit him and knocked him off the track.

The train's engineer said he put on the brakes but could not stop in time.

Another train accident in Northampton County sent a man to the hospital.

It happened at Highway 46 outside Garysburg.

Police say Cary Hazel drove his SUV around the stop-arms of the track. The train slammed into his vehicle at 75 miles per hour.

Hazel was airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital. No one on the train was hurt.