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Man hit and killed by light rail train in south Charlotte

A man was hit and killed by a light rail train early Friday at the Archdale Drive/Old Pineville Road Lynx Blue Line Station, police said.
A man was hit and killed by a light rail train early Friday at the Archdale Drive/Old Pineville Road Lynx Blue Line Station, police said. Mark Davenport / WBTV

A man was hit and killed by a Lynx light rail train early Friday just south of the Archdale Drive station, police said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Shawn Darnell Davis, 48, died after he laid down in the southbound track and was struck by the train as it left the station.

Police said the train’s operator never realized she’d hit someone.

“The Lynx light rail operator did not see the victim in the tracks or know that she had struck the victim,” police said in a statement.

The station is in the 6300 block of Old Pineville Road.

Davis was found dead at about 2:40 a.m. on the right side of the southbound track, at least 1 1/2 hours after being struck, police said.

Police said Davis had walked onto the track from the Archdale Drive platform and was struck a few minutes later. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:50 a.m.

Police have not said whether they know why Davis was lying in the tracks.

Police encourage anyone who witnessed the incident to call police Detective Kevin Allred at 704-432-2169.

Train service was interrupted for a few hours from the I-485 station to the New Bern station as police investigated the death. Buses took commuters past the area. Shortly before 6 a.m., the light rail resumed regular service.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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