Pedestrian identified in Gastonia train accident

Pedestrian identified in Gastonia train accident

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by WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 6:47 PM

GASTONIA, N.C.— Officials are investigating a train accident in Gastonia that knocked one man from the bridge.
 
The accident happened behind the East Baptist Church on North Church Street and East Franklin Boulevard.

First responders said the accident was called out around 2:55 p.m.

(Click here for photos from the scene)

As AirStar flew over the scene, an NBC Charlotte photographer reported seeing a pair of shoes near the incident. 

In a statement released to NBC Charlotte, Gastonia Police identified the pedestrian as Alan Christopher Jackson, 31.

Officials said Jackson was walking across a railroad bridge in the path of the Norfolk Southern train. 

Investigators said the train operator honked the horn but Jackson was struck and pushed off the bridge away from the train into a gravel area.

Jackson is being treated at CaroMount Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

 

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