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Police identify man killed in fatal collision with Amtrak train in downtown Durham

Durham police have identified the victim in a fatal train collision in downtown Friday morning.

A westbound Amtrak passenger train struck Mossenthal Chavis, 47, who was on the tracks, according to Durham police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chavis was homeless, according to court records.

The collision was reported at 7:25 a.m. on West Pettigrew Street near Blackwell Street by the American Tobacco Campus. Chavis was apparently walking on the tracks when the collision occurred, according to police.

The crash didn’t occur at a railroad crossing and the warning lights were working, police said.

No one on the train was injured.

ABC11, The News & Observer’s newsgathering partner, reported the train was carrying 27 passengers from Raleigh to Charlotte.

In 2018, North Carolina reported 57 of the 2,214 collisions between trains and vehicles in the United States, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation..

As of June 6, there had been 22 railroad crossing crashes in the state this year.

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