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Man hit, killed by Amtrak train in Gaston County

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BELMONT, NC (WBTV) -

A Belmont man was killed when he was struck by an Amtrak train early Saturday morning, according to the Belmont Police Department.

The incident happened around 3 a.m. near Central Avenue just a couple hundred yards away from the Gaston County Library in Belmont.

Michael Eugene Peters, 53, of Greenwood Place in Belmont, was struck and killed by an Amtrak train traveling from New York to New Orleans, police said.

Belmont Police Chief Charlie Franklin told WBTV that the train was stopped for several hours while they investigated the death.

"The train's engineer said that he saw a subject sitting on the tracks," Franklin said. "He said that he blew the horn and initiated their emergency procedures in an attempt to stop the train."

No one on board the train was hurt.

Police are now trying to figure out what Peters was doing in the hours before he was hit by the train.

They are asking anyone with information about his activities Friday night or early Saturday to call the Belmont Police Department at (704)825-3792.

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