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Carolinian Derailment

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Thankfully this looks a lot worse than it is, and there are only minor injuries. I'm impressed that the engine did not suffer far worse damage. Thank god this is not as bad as the Metro-North derailment(s)








Amtrak Train Headed For NYC Strikes Truck, Derails In North Carolina
March 9, 2015 3:44 PM

An Amtrak derailed in North Carolina on March 9, 2015. (credit: Image via CBS2)

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HALIFAX, N.C. (CBSNewYork/AP) — An Amtrak train headed for New York City slammed into a tractor-trailer that stalled on the railroad tracks in North Carolina on Monday, toppling the engine onto its side and injuring several people, officials said.

Halifax County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bruce Temple said the accident happened around noon in the town of Halifax.

The first two cars of the train derailed after the collision, Temple said. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said in a news release that the other car that derailed was a baggage car.

“If you just … imagine how heavy an engine is, and it has completely been derailed and laying on its side,” Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said. “So the impact was enormous.”


There were 212 passengers aboard and eight crew, Amtrak said.

Several people were hurt, though the transportation agency said the injuries were minor. The agency also said no deaths were reported.

“We are relieved that there are no fatalities reported at this time, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured,” North Carolina Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said in a news release.

It was not immediately clear how many people may have been hurt.

People with questions about friends and family aboard the train can call Amtrak at 800-523-9101.


Sheriff’s Major Scott Hall said from the crash scene that some passengers were taken to a local hospital by ambulance, but others were able to climb aboard a shuttle bus to be taken for examination.

A Twitter user posted video of the moment of impact.

Amtrak train derailment in Halifax Co., NC.
Roanoke Rapids

— Remy (@RemyRemz)


“There was a massive jerk and we were kind of thrown forward a little bit, and the train came to a sudden stop,” Charlotte Story, who was on the seventh car of the train, told CBS affiliate WRAL. “I couldn’t tell you if it was trying to slow down or not. There was no whistle. It came completely out of the blue.”

The Amtrak train was the 80 Carolinian, which runs between Charlotte, North Carolina, and New York each day. It left Charlotte at 7 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Penn Station at 8:47 p.m.

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Someone actually took video of the crash as it was happening on Facebook.


truck drivers like this, I tell you man....

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People need to STOP moving ahead if the "Train approaching" signals are going down. They just never listen. Thankfully this wasn't as bad as the Metro North Derailment.

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This is just ridiculous, drivers never learn. Drivers should be charged when they tried to beat the train, causing it to hit your vehicle and derail.

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