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KANNAPOLIS -- A pedestrian was struck and killed by a train in Kannapolis Thursday morning.

Officials said 59-year-old Terry Ray Jeffery, of Rockwell, was struck around 2:45 a.m., about 100 feet from the Amtrak station at 201 S. Main Street.

The conductor of the Amtrak train told police that the man was standing on the track with his back to the oncoming train, and he did not move as the train approached.

“What was he doing on the track? It’s sad. I don’t know what to say,” said Jennifer Hall, who was waiting for a train to Greensboro to take her daughter to college.

Amtrak officials told the Independent Tribune that the train involved was the Crescent train which starts in New York City and ends in New Orleans, with stops in Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury and Charlotte along the way.

Officials said 182 passengers were aboard the train at the time of the incident.

Service was suspended as local law enforcement officers investigated.

Amtrak officials said no passengers or crew members were injured.

Officials said the train service resumed around 4:30 a.m.

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Myra Armstrong, who works at the Kannapolis Amtrak station, said the only train the passes by that early in the morning is the Crescent train that starts in New York City and ends in New Orleans, with stops in Charlotte, Salisbury, High Point and Greensboro along the way.

Myra Armstrong, who works at the Kannapolis Amtrak station, said Jeffery was frequently seen around the train station, and thought he might have been homeless.

“He’s just been around here for a while, just kind of hanging around,” Armstrong said. “He was a nice man. He was always polite. He said he was from Germany and he wanted to go home. I don’t know if he was or not.

“I first noticed him because he was sleeping on one of the benches out front.”

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