Caller thought Durham man jumped off train
A man who called 911 on Monday told an operator that the man killed by a Norfolk Southern freight train either jumped or fell from the train.
“I think somebody jumped off the train,” he said, according to a 911 recording released by the Durham Emergency Communications Center. “I saw the guy get knocked down.”
“You think the train hit the gentleman?” the operator asked.
“He fell from the train, it looked like,” the man said.
That differs from the early findings of the Durham Police Department, which determined that Jerome Brandon, 31, of Durham was walking on the tracks about 4 p.m. when the grain-hauling train struck him at the vicinity of Fayetteville and Pettigrew streets downtown.
“Based on a preliminary investigation, he was walking on the track with his back to the train,” said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.
In the recording, the caller eventually said he wasn’t certain.
“I don’t know what happened, but he got hit,” he said. “He got knocked a pretty good little ways.”
It’s not clear yet why Brandon was on the tracks Monday afternoon. Michael said Tuesday that the incident remains under investigation.
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