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Man killed in second train vs. pedestrian crash in less than 24 hours


Tuesday afternoon, investigators released the name of a man killed Monday afternoon when a train hit him.

The accident happened January 28 at about 1:00 p.m. It was the second deadly train-involved crash in less than 24 hours. You can read about the first accident here.

49-year-old William Floyd Jones of Hyde Street in Concord was killed.

Investigators say Jones was traveling southbound on the tracks near 3600 South Ridge Avenue in Concord, when a Norfolk-Southern train also traveling southbound hit him.

It's not clear why Jones was on the tracks.

In the wake of these recent accidents, the North Carolina Department of Transportation sent a reminder for drivers and pedestrians to use caution at railroad crossings, and stay off the tracks.

Trains are big and heavy and cannot stop quickly. In fact, it can take up to 1-1.5 miles for a train to come to a stop after brakes are applied. For this reason, motorists and pedestrians are reminded:

  • Expect a train on the tracks at any time from any direction.
  • Never race a train to a crossing.
  • Never try to drive around the crossing gates or other barriers.
  • If your car stalls on the tracks, get out and call the police or local emergency officials.
  • Never walk or ride a bike on or near the railroad tracks – it's against the law.
  • Tracks are not a trail, a shortcut or a place to rest.
  • Never play on railroad tracks.

For more information, please check NCDOT's BeRailSafe program, which provides information to educate adults, kids, motorists and pedestrians about the importance of staying off railroad tracks. 

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