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Man hit, killed by Amtrak train in Greensboro identified

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Picture from Loudermilk Road (Kyle Gould/WGHP)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police officials are categorizing the death of man struck by an Amtrak train Thursday night as accidental.

According to witnesses, Douglas Edward Powell, 62, and a friend, Charlie Edwards Evans, 72, circumvented the warning gates at the railroad crossing at Lowdermilk and East Market streets at approximately 7:23 p.m. Thursday.

Evans, of 615 S. Benbow St., was able to cross the tracks without injury. Powell, of 503 Pine St., was struck by the approaching train passenger train and was immediately killed.

The Amtrak train, southbound 79 also known as the Carolinian, was bound from New York to Charlotte.

Portions of Pine and Lowerdmilk were closed for several hours as officials from the Greensboro Police Department and Amtrak investigated the incident.