Man hit, killed by train

November 12, 2010 4:46:44 PM PST
Cumberland County authorities are trying to figure out how a 25-year-old man was hit and killed by a CSX train early Friday morning.Authorities say Norman Anthony Jackson of Hope Mills was hit by the train around 1:30 a.m. somewhere between Cumberland Road and Lawndale Street. His body was found at the end of Lawndale Street around 4:30 a.m.

"All they've done, they showed up about 4 a.m. this morning and said that he had been hit by a train and they didn't know nothing yet," Jackson's cousin Donna Culbreth said. "There were some witnesses and that a detective would get back with us."

The CSX train conductor told investigators the victim appeared out of nowhere. He says he heard a thud and believed he had hit someone.

Investigators are trying to determine if Jackson jumped in front of the train on purpose.

"There's no way, no way he'd commit suicide," Jackson's cousin Kim Voelke said. "He had a great job. He loved his job, he was fixing to get a promotion. Fixing to get his own place. He was just here with his dad joking and playing games just yesterday."

Detectives say they are continuing their investigation.

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