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Cary man killed after being struck by train

Posted June 9, 2009 11:40 a.m. EDT
Updated June 10, 2009 7:22 a.m. EDT

— A Cary man was killed Tuesday morning after an Amtrak train struck a car on a Raleigh railroad, Raleigh police said.

The train was traveling from Charlotte to New York when it hit the car near Royal and Hillsborough streets shortly before 11 a.m., Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Romero said. The train was cleared to continue to its destination around 12:20 p.m., she said.

Raleigh police said the victim, Jack Milton Daniels, 60, of 319 E. Chatham St. in Cary, ignored the flashing signal and appeared to stop his car in the middle of the crossing.

The train, which was headed east, struck the car and pushed it approximately 75 feet from the point of impact. The train stopped about 829 feet from impact, according to a Raleigh police wreck report.

There were no reports of injuries on the train, which was carrying 191 people, including 23 students and five adults from Bethesda Christian Academy in Durham who were on a field trip to Pullen Park in Raleigh.

Kirk Sporman, general manager of The Brickhouse Restaurant, near the train tracks, said he heard a train whistle blaring for what he thought was 20 to 30 seconds, and then heard a big boom.

"It was bad, you could tell. It was bad real quick," Sporman said.

A man traveling nearby at the time said he heard a horn and then a loud smack. The car appeared to have been thrown about 50 feet from the train crossing into the woods, he said.

Some people who work in the area near the track and drive along the intersection said Tuesday that the track has had periodic problems with the railroad crossing bar malfunctioning.

A representative for CSX, which maintains the railroad, said it appeared the arms were working Tuesday morning and that there have been no recent reports of issues at the crossing.