Pedestrian struck and killed by train in east Charlotte

CMPD responded after calls came in around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday that a pedestrian had been fatally struck by a train just east of the NoDa neighborhood.

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a train just east of the NoDa neighborhood on Wednesday, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police. 

The incident occurred around 9:15 p.m. on the tracks near the 300 block of Eastway Drive and North Tryon Street. Responding officers pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene. 

According to police, an unidentified black male was walking southbound across the railroad tracks and stepped directly into the path of an eastbound AMTRAK train that was traveling 74 miles per hour. 

Police said the man was struck by the front center of the engine of the train. The engineer of the train, Scott A. Lynch, said he immediately brought the train to a stop. He reportedly saw the man walking towards the tracks just prior to impact and sounded the train horn and put it into emergency mode to bring it to a stop. 

Impairment is a suspected factor in the collision, police said. 

There is no evidence of the train operator contributing to the collision between the engine and the pedestrian. The man's identity will be released once next of kind has been notified, police said.