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Mar 10, 2015

04:35:56 GMT--Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA



EDIS Number: VI-20150310-47267-USA

Date / time: 10/03/2015 04:34:56 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Accident

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Nort Carolina

Location: Halifax

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: 55 person(s)

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Heavy



Description:



An Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer truck on the tracks at N.C. Highway 903 and U.S. Highway 301 in Halifax Monday leaving 55 passengers injured. The incident happened around 12:15 p.m. Monday. Pictures from Chopper 11 HD showed the train's engine on its side and the luggage car off at an angle to the tracks. A passenger car behind the luggage car also derailed, but remained upright. The injured were taken to Halifax Memorial Hospital and Nash General Hospital where most were in good to stable condition. One patient was flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville in serious condition. Amtrak officials said there were 213 passengers and eight crew members on the train. The cab of the truck was intact, but the low-boy trailer carrying a large electrical unit covered in a large blue tarp was obliterated by the force of the impact. The extra-long truck had a special permit to operate and was being escorted by the Highway Patrol as required. The driver of the tractor trailer, John Devin Black, of Claremont, N.C. was not injured. The conductor of the Amtrak train has been identified as Keenan Talley, of Raleigh. A woman who witnessed the crash said the driver was lingering on the tracks because he was trying to make a difficult turn on the other side of the tracks. Leslie Cipriani, of Roanoke Rapids, said the tractor-trailer backed up several times as the driver tried to make a left turn. A few minutes later, said she heard the sound of the oncoming train and saw the cross bars hit the tractor-trailer. The driver then jumped out of the truck.




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