Subscribe

Amtrak train strikes 18-wheeler in North Carolina (+video)

A train carrying over 200 passengers derailed after striking a tractor trailer truck; 40 people were treated for minor injuries.

of

An Amtrak passenger train derailed after crashing into a tractor trailer truck in North Carolina on Monday, sending some 40 passengers to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, state officials said.

The train, carrying more than 200 passengers, was traveling from Charlotte, North Carolina, to New York when it hit a truck that had been hauling heavy equipment and apparently got stuck on tracks in Halifax County near the Virginia border, said Heather Joyner, communications director of the county's Emergency 911.

The train's engine and baggage car derailed, but the 40 people transported to local hospitals escaped with minor injuries, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said in a statement.

The truck driver was believed to be uninjured, Joyner said.

Amtrak said in a statement it was monitoring the situation and an investigation was ongoing.

"Our concerns are with passengers and crew," the company said on Twitter, noting there were 212 passengers and eight crew members on the train at the time of the incident.

In a call reporting the collision to emergency dispatchers, an unidentified woman described the scene in a calm but shocked tone.

"Oh my God, I mean the 18-wheeler is completely turned over," she said. "The Amtrak is derailed. It's still upright."

The woman told the dispatcher the railroad crossroad lights were still blinking.

"I mean, he was stuck on the track," she said, referring to the truck driver. "He couldn't get the truck off."

Television images showed passengers getting off the train with their luggage and boarding buses waiting to take them from the scene.

Train passenger Charlotte Story, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told WRAL television that she never heard a whistle and could not tell if the train had tried to slow down before the crash.

"There was a massive jerk and we were kind of thrown forward a little bit, and the train came to a sudden stop," she said, according to the television report.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK