Police: Teen killed in train accident may have been listening to MP3 player

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Police have identified the person who was fatally struck by a train Tuesday night in Thomasville as an 18-year-old from the area.

The victim was identified as Paul Anthony Taylor of Swanee Lane. Police say he was a student at Thomasville High School.

The collision was reported shortly after 7 p.m. in the 400 block of East Main Street.

According to police, an Amtrak engineer says he blew the train’s horn multiple times after he saw Taylor walking on the southbound tracks.

The engineer attempted to make an emergency stop after the teen did not respond to the whistle, but the train was not able to stop in time, police said.

Police say evidence indicates Taylor may have been listening to an MP3 player, therefore he may not have heard the train or horn.

The train was traveling at about 79 mph before it attempted to stop, police said.

The train was carrying passengers from New York to Charlotte.

No other injuries were reported.

Further details were not available.

Police extended a request to remind people of railroad safety tips, which can be found on bytrain.org.

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