It happened just before 7:30 a.m. at the T.W. Alexander Crossing near Weck Drive as the train was traveling to Durham.
The Amtrak hit 31-year-old Fasil Aynu of Morrisville. Authorities say according to a preliminary investigation, it appears he intentionally walked on to the train tracks.
Investigators from Amtrak and Norfolk Southern spent much of the morning working with Durham police at the scene. The body was discovered near the woods.
Further details about the incident have not been released at this time.