By Natalie Caulancaula@abcnews4.com
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- There's a void behind the counter at the North Charleston Lowe's Monday. Daniel Perry, who had been working at the store since it opened and for the company for more than 20 years, didn't show up to work that morning.
"He was a great honest man. I honestly can't say enough good things," co-worker Ken Ostrom said.
Ostrom says Perry, 56, was supposed to be in Monday morning at 6 a.m. but at around 5:50 a.m., police say Perry drove up to the Maybeline Road crossing, when his car was hit by a northbound Amtrak train.
"A freight train was stopped, heading northbound, waiting for a northbound Amtrak to pass it and crossing arms went down. The vehicle approached the crossing, drove around the barrier and as they were trying to get through the intersection, the Amtrak came through," Hanahan Police Lt. Michael Fowler said.
Lt. Fowler says he believes Perry did not see the Amtrak train coming because his view was most likely blocked by the freight train. He says it's common for freight trains to pull over to allow faster trains to pass in that crossing section.
Perry's car was mangled by the Amtrak train. Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury says Perry died on the scene. Amtrak officials say no one on board the train was injured.
At Lowe's Monday morning, where it's believed Perry was headed, Ostrom says a manager called all the employees to the front of the store and delivered the news.
"It was a very emotional moment for all of us that knew him. It's just sudden," Ostrom said. "He was an anchor. He made everyone around him better. He grounded us all. He'll be missed."
The co-worker says contractors from around the country who heard the news called the store Monday. Perry was also active at his church, Highland Park Baptist Church in Hanahan, where he served as a deacon and refereed youth basketball, according to Pastor Bob Nichols.
"I honestly, I don't know if there's a church large enough to hold the number of people he touched," Ostrom said.