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Man struck, killed by train in Rowan County

A pedestrian was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Rowan County early Friday, officials said.
A pedestrian was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Rowan County early Friday, officials said. Ashton Pellom/WBTV

A 41-year-old state Department of Public Safety worker was killed early Friday when he stepped in front of a train at the Peeler Road crossing near Salisbury, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said.

David Allen Parker of Salisbury was struck by the train about 2:20 a.m., investigators said.

Parker was a food service manager at Piedmont Correctional Institution in Salisbury, said Keith Acree, a Department of Public Safety spokesman.

The train’s engineer told investigators that as the train began crossing Peeler Road, he saw someone standing on the east side of the tracks. As the train neared the man, the man stepped up onto the tracks in front of the train, the engineer told investigators.

The engineer said he immediately applied the emergency brakes and was finally able to stop near Crossridge Avenue along U.S. 29.

The 252-passenger Amtrak train was headed from New York to New Orleans, according to media reports. No injuries to anyone on the train were reported.

Parker had been dealing with medical and financial problems of late, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. A State Highway Patrol trooper found Parker’s car parked near the Peeler Road crossing.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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