‘Car and Glass Pieces’ Man Killed in Johnston County Car-Train Collision :: WRAL.com

– A Benson man died Friday in an accident involving a train and a car in Johnston County. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol identified the man as 27-year-old Christopher Ray Valdez.

The accident happened on Raleigh Road between US Highway 301 and Woodall Road in Benson.

The State Highway Patrol said a train was heading north and the Brigadier had broken down when a conductor ran through the Brigadier.

“I just saw glass fly over the nose of the [train’s] engine, I felt the bang,” radio traffic said of the accident.

Radio traffic showed calls getting more workers as workers inspected the damage.

“So you don’t know if he was busy I guess,” someone said.

“I believe so,” someone replied. “The conductor seemed to think it was pretty bad.”

Soldiers said the area was not a frequent spot for accidents.

“There are pieces of car and glass and everything up there,” reports the radio.

“The car is completely destroyed.”

A train and car involved in the accident at Johnston Co.

It was unclear why Valdez had not stopped for the brigadier.

“The crossing was working as far as we could tell,” radio traffic said.

National Road 1330 was closed in both directions for several hours while crews cleaned up the accident. CSX workers had to replace the crossbar that Valdez’s car hit.

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