81-year-old identified as woman struck and killed by Amtrak train in Benson: 'Tragic accident'

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022
One killed when struck by train in downtown Benson
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One person was killed Monday afternoon when they were struck by a train in Johnston County.

BENSON, N.C. (WTVD) -- A woman was killed Monday afternoon when she was struck by a train in Johnston County.

It happened about 4 p.m. in downtown Benson in the area of Southwest Railroad Street when the woman was hit by a passing Amtrak train while crossing the tracks on Main Street.

The victim identified as 81-year-old Alice Anne Barefoot, of Benson. She died at the scene, police confirm.

Witnessed told police, Barefoot walked into the path of the train.

The intersection of the railroad tracks and East Parrish Drive was blocked off because of the presence of emergency crews and vehicles The train was blocking SW Railroad Street at Brocklyn Street while authorities investigated.

The Benson Police investigation said Barefoot may have had some underlying health issues.

Chief Greg Percy said that all indications point to Monday's incident being a tragic accident.