BENSON, N.C. (WNCN) — A man died when the car he was driving across railroad tracks was hit by a train in Johnston County Friday afternoon, officials said.
The incident was reported just before 5 p.m. about two miles northeast of Benson, just off U.S. 301, according to Trooper M.A. Parks of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
A 2007 Honda Accord, which was on the tracks at the 14000 block of Raleigh Road, was hit by a CSX freight train, Parks said.
Parks said the train was going 58 mph at the time of the collision.
The 27-year-old man driving a Honda Accord went through the stop arm that was down at the time.
Parks identified the man who died as Christopher Ray Valdez of Benson.
After the collision, it took about a quarter mile for the train to stop. Valdez was the sole occupant of the car, Parks said.
No other information was available.