Despite the warning whistles from a train engineer, a 54-year-old man walking along train tracks near uptown Charlotte was struck and killed Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Just after 2 p.m., Ronald Gray Treadwell was walking along the outer wooden portion of the train tracks that run parallel to the 2400 block of North Tryon Street, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. Thats near the Amtrak station just north of uptown.
Police said the engineer of the Norfolk Southern train, which was traveling toward uptown, saw Treadwell and tried to warn him by blowing the trains whistle several times.
But Treadwell was walking with his back to the train, police said, and he never acknowledged the engineers attempts to warn him.
Then, the train struck Treadwell in the back, knocking him off the tracks and into nearby gravel, police said. Paramedics pronounced him dead within about 10 minutes.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Departments Major Crash Investigations Unit at 704-336-8862.