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Pedestrian hit by train in Wake Forest

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WAKE FOREST — A pedestrian was struck by a train Monday afternoon, town officials said.

The incident happened around 5 p.m. at the Seawell Drive railroad crossing near the intersection with Old Crawford Road, according to Bill Crabtree, public information officer for Wake Forest.

A man was lying on the tracks in a curve roughly 300 yards from the intersection, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. Some of his belongings were also laying on the tracks. The train operator could not see him due to the curve.

The pedestrian was transported to Wake Med with serious injuries. He has not been identified.

N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating with assistance from the Wake Forest Police Department and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, Crabtree said.

It is unclear why the man was on the tracks or whether impairment was involved, the Highway Patrol said Wednesday.