Impairment suspected in fatal pedestrian, train collision

Person hit and killed by tain

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A person was hit by a train and killed in Charlotte Wednesday night.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the incident happened on Eastway Drive shortly after 9 p.m.

The victim was walking across the railroad tracks and stepped directly into the path of an Amtrak train that was going 74 mph. The pedestrian was struck by the front center of the train’s engine before the engineer immediately brought the train to a stop, according to officials.

The pedestrian’s name has not been released.

Officials say the engineer saw the victim walking towards the tracks just before the collision and sounded the train’s horn and put it in emergency mode to bring it to a stop.

Police say impairment is a suspected factor in the fatal collision and there is no evidence the train’s operator contributed to the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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