Woman struck, killed by Amtrak train in eastern Durham County

rgallagher@newsobserver.comDecember 10, 2013 

— A woman who died Tuesday morning when she was hit by an Amtrak train near Angier Avenue and Wrenn Road in eastern Durham County apparently was a suicide, the sheriff's office said Wednesday.

An Amtrak spokeswoman said the train was the Piedmont, No. 73, headed west from Raleigh, with its next stop scheduled in Durham.

Deputy Paul Sherwin, a sheriff's office spokesman, said an investigation indicated the death was a suicide, and he declined to release the victim’s name.

The woman was hit at about 7:10 a.m., Amtrak said.

The train had 33 passengers aboard, Amtrak said. None of the passengers or crew was hurt.

On Dec. 2, Joseph Mewborn, 20, of Durham, was walking with a friend when he was struck and killed by an Amtrak passenger train on the tracks near Pettigrew and Plum streets.

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