(Raleigh and Concord, North Carolina – February 14, 2019)
In a tragic pair of incidents Thursday afternoon, two pedestrians, one of them a child, died in the same rail corridor between Charlotte and Raleigh, NC when two separate Amtrak trains struck them. Both incidents apparently occurred on CSX rails, and news media depiction of the areas showed a total absence of railroad property fencing. .
The initial tragedy occurred in Raleigh about 3 PM, EST, near the intersection of Mountford and South Boylan, and involved Amtrak train #77, which had 35 passengers, all of whom escaped injury.
The second tragedy occurred near Corban Avenue in Concord at about 3:15 PM, EST, and involved Amtrak Train number 26, the Piedmont. That train operates between Charlotte and Raleigh. Amtrak said there were 50 people aboard, none of whom were injured.
Like the first fatality, local law enforcement officers would not release name, gender, age or place of residence information on the victims. However, it was later revealed by CSX workers that the victim of the second tragedy was a child of undetermined age or gender.