Man lying on tracks, killed by train east of campus

Graff's body was found at Park Road Extension and Hunter Avernue early Tuesday morning.
Graff’s body was found early Tuesday morning at Park Road Extension and Hunter Avenue.

by Andie Diemer
Sept. 30, 2008

A 21-year-old man lying on railroad tracks was struck and killed by a freight train early this morning. The university confirmed he was not an Elon student.

Ronald Alan Graff was lying on the railroad tracks and hit by a Norfolk Southern train traveling west at 2:16 a.m., according to the Times-News.

His body was found at Park Road Extension and Hunter Avenue.

The Times-News reported that the conductor saw someone lying on the tracks but could not halt the train in time.

Police did not release where he lived.

Officials are looking for any extenuating circumstances surrounding Graff’s death.

To report any information regarding this incident, call Burlington police at 229-3530.

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One thought on “Man lying on tracks, killed by train east of campus

  1. Janna

    I am going to make this comment here to describe the reporting you have posted in the past week, so it encompasses a TON of content…

    You are doing the type of reporting I hope to see from every student before the end of the semester. You take initiative, you are a persistent, intelligent researcher, laying the appropriate groundwork for writing a solid story that gives your audience the information it needs. I admire the work you do, and I hope you continue to ramp up the new-media aspects and do a THOROUGH copy edit of your work before it is distributed, also checking on it later when you do spot-news reports, just seeing if any errors leaked through and then fixing them.

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