Salisbury police identify bicyclist killed by train

Published 12:02 pm Thursday, May 28, 2020

SALISBURY — Salisbury police have identified a bicyclist killed by a train early Wednesday morning as 31-year-old Van Daniel Cobble.

Cobble, whose address is listed as the streets of Salisbury, is formerly of Concord. He was traveling along the railroad tracks at East Council and Depot streets.

The collision occurred sometime after midnight when Salisbury police responded to the scene along with the Salisbury Fire Department. Police spokesman Lt. Lee Walker said the bicyclist was traveling northwest on Council Street and disregarded the railroad crossing stop arms, entering the intersection of the railroad tracks.

According to a Norfolk Southern spokesperson, the 53-car train had left Charlotte and was headed to Chicago. Norfolk Southern reported no crew members were injured, but they were replaced by a relief crew to complete the trip.

Salisbury Police there is no indication that Norfolk Southern contributed to the collision.