NEW INFO: Police ID Man In Wheelchair Hit By Amtrak Train

Wilson police have identified a man who was struck by an Amtrak train while riding a motorized wheelchair. This as witnesses say the crossing's arms were down and warning lights activated at the time.

The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. at the Green Street railroad crossing, a block from the train station. Police say Troy Newsome, Sr. was found lying near the tracks. He's now listed in stable condition at Vidant Medical Center.

Amtrak says the train was heading from Lorton, Virginia to Sanford, Florida. The train, with 460 passengers on board, was delayed for about two hours because of the accident. Amtrak says no one on the train was injured.

Police say the 57-year-old Newsome misjudged the timing of the train. Several eyewitnesses say the crossing's arms were down and lit up at the time of the accident.

Police say the train wasn't going that fast when it struck the man, knocking him out of the wheelchair.


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A man in a wheelchair was airlifted to the hospital overnight after being hit by a train in Wilson. The accident happened shortly before 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, according to Wilson police.

Police tell us a man was in a motorized wheelchair when he was hit and injured by an Amtrak train near Green and Railroad Streets. That's near the train station.

Police say the man misjudged the timing of the train. He fell out of the wheelchair after being hit by the train. Police say the train "wasn't going that fast."

The man was first taken to the Wilson Medical Center before being flown to a trauma center at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Amtrak says the train was heading from Lorton, Virginia to Sanford, Florida. The train, with 460 passengers on board, was delayed for about two hours because of the accident. Amtrak says no one on the train was injured.

Police have not yet released the name of the injured man.


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  • by Jerome Location: Attrick on Mar 2, 2012 at 02:59 PM
    I was on that train. It was reported to the Conductor that this was his third time getting hit "trying to beat the train" (heard from the crew - not verified). Accidents do happen, but either this guy is nuts or has the same disregard for his own safety as drivers that circumvent the crossing gates. The crossing gates and lights are there for a reason. If you are too self-righteous, or stupid, or in a hurry, or (enter any other ridiculous reason here) to maintain your own safety, then, perhaps, you need an intelligent person to look after you. This person, not considering what would happen, cost over 500 passengers 5 hours plus delay and caused the departing train the next day (uses this same equipment) to start out already delayed by 3 1/2 hours - That caused the first two dinner seatings (5 p.m. & 7 p.m.) to be screwed-up while the train was being cleaned to prepare to go back out after such a late arrival.
  • by Amy Location: Washington on Feb 29, 2012 at 07:34 PM
    The last line of the story cracked me up...."Police say the train wasn't going that fast..." WHAT??? It's a TRAIN...I wouldn't want to be hit by one if it is creeping along. It's a TRAIN!!! I hope the guy is OK!
  • by Law on Feb 29, 2012 at 03:50 PM
    I am sorry the laws should be changed to not allow wheel chairs on the highways. There is an increasing number of them and they are a hazard. It is just a matter of time before more accidents happen. Most people don't know it is illegal to ride down the middle lane and on any street with a sidewalk. 10th street has sidewalks and it is illegal to be on that road walking or riding a wheelchair.
  • by whoops on Feb 29, 2012 at 02:38 PM
    Wheelchair vs. Train. He was stupid to think he could beat the train. Guess what a train can't stop on a dime, hope he learns something from this.
  • by jkl Location: williamston nc on Feb 29, 2012 at 08:28 AM
    sorry that happen accidents do happen sometimes
  • by klfs Location: williamston on Feb 29, 2012 at 08:27 AM
    sorry for that
  • by M on Feb 29, 2012 at 07:44 AM
    People in wheelchairs go through a lot to live a "normal" life...I can only imagine what the cause of this could have been. I hope he has a speedy recovery!
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Feb 29, 2012 at 07:19 AM
    sorry...NO pity for him. Wheelchairs do not move that fast...he had to have seen this coming. I have the steamroller scene from Austin Powers in my head. Great, just great.
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      by Karma is a ..... on Feb 29, 2012 at 10:11 AM in reply to The Original ENC
      ok this comment is incredibly ignorant. and by ignorant i mean pure stupidity.....FIRST of all....they didnt say there were witnesses so they are speculating when they say he didnt time it right. This first thing that i thought of was he is at a crossing trying to cross...legally and the front tire of the wheelchair gets stuck in the track. Very possible if you know anything about motorized wheelchairs. This poor man who cannot walk now sits and waits for his death with noone to help him. This would be a once in a lifetime incident that noone would ever predict. Just because this man is in a wheelchair doesnt mean he doesnt have the rights to go places like everyone else. Maybe the only way to get where he was going was over this track. Why would you assume he was just trying to beat it or riding up and down the tracks? For all of the narrow-minded idiots on this chat.....one word....karma!
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        by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM in reply to Karma is a .....
        Amtraks travel 90 mph at top speed. Everyone is in a hurry. Don't you think he could have waited? I do.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:16 PM in reply to Karma is a .....
        Amen!! I agree with you 100%
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        by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:07 PM in reply to Karma is a .....
        umm, it does say witnesses said the lights were activated and the crossing arms down.. WITNESSES say that
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        by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:22 PM in reply to Karma is a .....
        "Several eyewitnesses say the crossing's arms were down and lit up at the time of the accident." Sounds like a witness to me.
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        by Anonimouse on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:26 PM in reply to Karma is a .....
        You don't realize I suppose that you completely missed the understanding of Karma with what you just posted there. If it's about negative assessment of another human being and an unpleasant statement directed at them, then you've certainly just created your own karma backlash with your anger and name-calling. You might want to find another philosphy better suited to your personality before you wreck yourself. lol
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        by Jerome on Mar 2, 2012 at 03:04 PM in reply to Karma is a .....
        If you were there, you would know that there were witnesses and that the front wheel was NOT stuck. The train struck the back of the back set of wheels - hence hes was throw clear instead of being ripped apart under the train. The " ... poor man ... waits for his death ..." because of his wown stupid choice. What about the condition of the two engineers in the cab of the Amtrak train who had to sit and watch this unfold in front of them not being able to do anything beyond putting the train breaks into emergency braking.THEY had NO choice; the " ... poor man ... " had all the choices - and chose WRONG.
  • by Isn't this..... Location: Wilson on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:25 AM
    Isn't this the second time this has happened in recent history? I remember a simmilar story of a man in a wheel chair being hit by a train a couple years ago in Wilson.
  • by Marlena Location: Greensboro on Feb 29, 2012 at 05:12 AM
    What was a man in a wheelchair doing near a moving train? How did he even get near the tracks in a wheelchair?
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      by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:18 PM in reply to Marlena
      Because everything accessible by foot is accessible by wheelchair. Disabled people ride trains and cross streets too.
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