CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police are investigating after a man was hit and killed by a train in north Charlotte.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Major Crash Investigation Unit is investigating the incident that happened on April 17th just after 9pm.
The initial investigation revealed that Derrius Kelly, 28, was walking southbound across the railroad tracks near the intersection of Eastway Drive and North Tryon Street when he reportedly stepped directly into the path of an AMTRAK train that was traveling 74 miles per hour, according to a news release.
Kelly was pronounced dead on the scene by officers. Police say the engineer of the train says he saw Kelly walking toward the tracks just prior to impact, sounded the train horn and put it into emergency mode to bring it to a stop.
Police say impairment on the part of Kelly is a suspected factor in the collision. Officials also say there is no evidence of the train operator contributing to the collision.
The investigation is ongoing.