HALIFAX, N.C. (AP/WAVY) — Transportation officials say 40 passengers were injured when an Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer that was stuck on the tracks in North Carolina.
DOT officials said 25 people were taken to Halifax Regional Medical Center by bus and 15 by ambulance after the collision, which happened about noon Monday. They said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. This was Amtrak’s Twitter status Monday afternoon:
We continue to monitor the situation in NC. Our concerns are with passengers & crew. Additional information here. pic.twitter.com/WcVLT8xEAC
— Amtrak (@Amtrak) March 9, 2015
A bus will take another 173 passengers who weren’t injured to Richmond, Virginia.Halifax County law-enforcement officials say the collision toppled the engine onto its side. They say the first two cars of the train toppled after the crash.State transportation officials say the second car that derailed was a baggage car.
An eyewitness says the tractor-trailer driver was trying to make a difficult right-hand turn. She says the driver jumped out of the truck before the crash.
The Amtrak train was the Carolinian, which runs between Charlotte, North Carolina, and New York each day. It was headed north to New York City at the time of the crash.
Transportation Secretary Tony Tata with the North Carolina Department of Transportation released the following statement:
NCDOT is continuing to assist Amtrak with the train accident in Halifax County. I’ve briefed Governor McCrory and we remain in constant communication as we work to address this situation. We are relieved that there are no fatalities reported at this time, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured. Safety is always our top priority, and we continue to urge everyone to use extreme caution and stay alert when crossing our railroad tracks.
Amtrak is investigating the incident along with local authorities. NCDOT is providing support as needed.
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