Victim Hit By Train In Mt. Olive Identified

Authorities have identified the man killed when he was hit by a train Friday in Mt. Olive in Wayne County.

Mt. Olive police say 27-year-old Marquis Lamont Ezzell from Calypso died when he was struck by the train around 1:35 p.m. Friday. Marquis has family in Mount Olive.

Witnesses stated that Marquis was walking south down the center of the train tracks with ear buds in his ears.

Witnesses stated that the southbound train was using audible and visual warning devices when it hit Marquis from behind.


A man has been hit by a train and killed in Mount Olive.

Authorities tell WITN the call came in about 1:35 p.m. Friday.

Mount Olive police, the fire department, EMS and CSX train employees were on the scene.

The man was hit along the tracks near South Center Street and Smith Street.

Police tell us the victim was a pedestrian.

A name has not been released.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 23, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    Its hard to believe that this young man couldn't hear the train unless the conductor was not blowing his loud and obnoxious horn (I live across the street from train tracks). Maybe the victim did not hear it because the conductor did not blow the horn because he was not near crossing roads at the time.
  • by Amy Location: NC on Nov 23, 2011 at 05:20 AM
    Recently there were some college students elsewhere on a train trestle looking at the stars. One of them was killed by jumping off and another badly injured. They were not wearing ear buds. Yes, you can feel the rumble of the train and unless you have the ear buds turned up all the way, you should be able to hear the horn. Don't blame CSX for this. I don't know this man nor his family. I do know of a man in Dunn who stood on the train track several years ago and committed suicide because the train couldn't stop. It can try, but it's likely to derail, you have to decide if it's going to be one person or everyone on the train that gets hurt. As for the dog that was hit, it's a bit lower to the ground and probably wasn't struck in the same area of the body this young man was. I do think trains should slow down to a much lower rate of speed when traveling through the MIDDLE of a populated area like Mount Olive.
  • by Jim Location: Washington on Nov 21, 2011 at 10:54 PM
    There was a dog hit by a train in Beaufort County last week. It was hurt pretty bad, but it was treated at Chocowinity Animal Hospital and survived.
  • by mitnygel Location: greensboro on Nov 20, 2011 at 08:00 PM
    I pray for both of the families because there is pain on bith sides.
  • by blessing on Nov 20, 2011 at 07:07 PM
    As a parent I can't began to imagine the grief the parents and family of this young must being going threw. My prayer are with you and may god wrap his arms around you and heal your pain. For the driver of the train may God be with you as well, this was truly an accident. Stay strong!!!
  • by WOW!! Location: Raleigh, NC on Nov 20, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    @ God's couldn't have said it any better.. Some of these people like !yagirl! , and a lot of these Anonymous post dont even have a clue of who he was and still trying to find out. I really dislike nosey people. Its all in God's hands to judge what happened and why. NONE of you have the decency to show compassion to either family or person involved. Yes its suppose to be a free country and we all have the freedom of speech, but some of yall just need to shut up point blank. Once again from one family to another family, be blessed even in your time of greving Gods got it all in control.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2011 at 08:06 AM
    To everyone that has something to say I pray nothing ever happens to you or anyone in your family!!! I hate that people are so simple, ignorant, and disrespectful!! No matter what you think, keep your SIMPLE comments to yourself!!! Let this family greive for their loved one. They already have enough to deal with, and your comments only adds salt to their wounds. Pray for them, ask God to heal them! This is a hard time for all.
  • by MADDOG Location: USA on Nov 20, 2011 at 03:59 AM
    Look people,,I was born in Mt.OLIVE right there on CENTER the 50.I lived in Mt. Olive most of my Life.There used to be people there that cared about each other, WHAT YHE HE-- Happened.I can think back when The Burgar King was there and oh yes The tastes Freeze,,,Mt. Olive haves really changed,,,The Best thing I ever did in my Life was move out of that place.
  • by God's child Location: everywhere on Nov 19, 2011 at 08:57 PM
    reading these comments, i realize what our world has really come to. people are so inconsiderate these days. we should watch what we post because you never know who's reading. his family members could be reading. how do you think they would feel reading some of these comments. they are going through enough. put your self in his mother, father, brother, sister, family shoes,how would you feel? i mean how would you really feel if your family member had just passed away and you read some of these heartless and careless comments. it doesn't matter how it happened, you are not an investigator or the police; so if you are going to comment, say something encouraging and uplifting. we all go through and need eachother. like my grandmother always said, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!!!" now, is not the time to blame anyone; it's a time to show love, concern, and RESPECT! Respect him and his family!
  • by none on Nov 19, 2011 at 07:24 PM
    Some people are so inconsiderate and heartless... It's no one bussiness how the accident happened. Im sure everyone that has commented knows how it feels to loose a close friend or loved one. So with that being said, stop trying to solve the mystery or point the finger and just say a prayer or have a moment of silence for the family and train operator! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this young man.

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