Maxton man killed when train hits car at crossing

Staff report

February 18, 2014

MAXTON — A 68-year-old Maxton man was killed on Saturday when his car was hit by a train passing through a railroad crossing, according to Maxton police.

Claude Stanley Jr., of Malloy Street, was struck by the oncoming CSX train at Malloy and West Central streets, just a few hundred feet from his home, according to Police Chief Tammy Deese. Stanley was immediately killed in the accident, which happened just after 4 p.m.

The train was stuck at the intersection for about an hour.

Stanley was alone while driving a 2001 Ford Ranger truck through the intersection, which has railroad signs facing both directions and railroad markings painted on the pavement. The crossing does not have flashing lights or arms to indicate when a train is coming, Deese said.

According to the state Department of Transportation’s Rail Division, about 40 percent of railroad crossings in North Carolina are not marked by mechanical warning devices. A crossing’s 10-year accident history, train volume, average daily traffic and school bus frequency, among other factors, determine what signals a crossing has, according to the Rail Division’s website.​