• Police identify man killed after stepping in front of Amtrak train

    By: Joe Bruno


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police are investigating after they said a man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in east Charlotte Wednesday night.

    The collision happened around 9:15 p.m. along the track near Eastway Drive and North Tryon Street, investigators said.

    Officers pronounced 28-year-old Derrius Leroy Kelly dead at the scene. 

    Detectives told Channel 9 the man was walking southbound across the railroad tracks when he stepped directly into the path of the eastbound Amtrak train.

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    Police said the train was moving at 74 mph when it hit the man.

    The engineer told police he spotted the man walking toward the tracks. He sounded the train's horn and put it into emergency mode to bring it to a stop.

    Police suspect that the man killed may have been impaired, but have not released any other details.

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