18-year-old killed by Amtrak train in Wake County
APEX, N.C. (WRAL) - An 18-year-old is dead after being hit by an Amtrak train in Apex on Tuesday night.
According to WRAL, it happened near the Apex High School football field near where the tracks go over Highway 64 East. It happened at around 10:15 p.m. and the train was stopped for more than five hours overnight.
Wake EMS officials said a 17-year-old was also involved and is OK.
Officials said they weren’t sure of the relationship between the two, but they do not believe there was any foul play involved. Highway 64 is closed between North Salem Street and Laura Duncan Road as the police investigation continues.
Police noted that where the incident happened is not near a railroad crossing and not a typical spot where people walk along the train tracks.
“This is highly unusual,” said Deputy Chief Mitch McKinney with Apex police. “The particular location where the track is located and where this crash occurred is not a place that people can normally, easily get to.”
The Silver Star Amtrak train was carrying 122 passengers from New York to Miami. The train eventually left Apex just after 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Police said neither of the two people involved is from Apex.
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