A man was hit and killed by a CSX train in west Charlotte on Monday despite the locomotive’s engineer blaring its horn and bell “for a long period of time,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said.
Richard Darryl Brown, 56, appears to have been impaired by alcohol when he walked around the lowered crossing arms that were flashing at South Hoskins Road and Rozzelles Ferry Road in west Charlotte, at 9:34 a.m., police said their preliminary investigation showed.
Brown’s was the second alcohol-related pedestrian death in Charlotte on Monday.
The first death occurred about 5:50 a.m. at 2840 Eastway Drive near Arnold Drive. Officers found a 2014 Toyota Camry that hit a pedestrian in the road. MEDIC arrived and the pedestrian, identified as Oscar Martinez Morales Jr., 55, was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Investigators suspect Morales had been drinking, according to a CMPD news release. He was walking across Eastway Drive mid-block and not in a crosswalk, police said. Morales was also wearing dark clothing. The driverwas uninjured, police said.
In Brown’s death, video from CSX train No. 527 showed the locomotive sounding its horn and bell as the engineer approached the crossing, police said. As the engineer saw a man walking across the tracks, the man continued walking in the path of the train, according to CMPD.
The train was traveling about 12 mph at impact, police said. As the train hit Brown, the engineer immediately placed the train in emergency stop mode and brought the train to a stop.
Brown’s death also marked the second time this month that a pedestrian was fatally hit by a train in Charlotte. On Jan. 13, a man died trying to cross the tracks used by Charlotte's urban light-rail trains off South Boulevard near Clanton Road.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the man walked past bars closing the intersection as a train was approaching. He was hit by a training heading away from the city center and pinned underneath Saturday evening.
Police said Laurence Burton Gray, 60, of Charlotte, died after the incident near the intersection of South Boulevard and Clanton Road. On Monday, police said the case remains under investigation.
Rescue workers managed to get him out, but he died after arriving at a trauma hospital.