Amtrak train kills Durham pedestrian, later hits body in Greensboro

From staff and wire reportsJanuary 12, 2014 

— A man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train on a railroad track in Durham early Sunday afternoon, and the train later hit a body in Greensboro.

According to Durham police, a man was walking along the railroad track at Neal Road near Hillsborough Road about 12:30 p.m. as the train approached. The Amtrak driver honked his horn at the man, but the man didn’t get out of the way in time. He died at the scene of the accident.

According to caller to emergency dispatch, the person was a Hispanic male, but Durham police have not confirmed any more details.

The Amtrak passenger train, Piedmont No. 75, stopped for the investigation and went on its route from Raleigh to Charlotte at 3:16 p.m., said company spokesman Craig Schulz.

Greensboro police said the second man was hit by an eastbound train about 4:15 p.m. Sunday on a track near Interstate 40, and his body was hit moments later by the westbound Piedmont No. 75.

The second victim's name also has not been released while relatives are notified.

Police and Norfolk Southern Railroad are investigating the deaths. That section of rail line is maintained by Norfolk Southern.

The train’s 80 passengers and its staff were uninjured in the two accidents, Schulz said. Amtrak trains 74 and 76 were delayed by 40 minutes and an hour, respectively.

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