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Authorities Investigating Train Collision and Derailment in Halifax County

Raleigh - At approximately 12:15 p.m. Monday, the northbound Amtrak Carolinian Train 80 was involved in a collision with a tractor trailer at the intersection of U.S. 301 and N.C. 903 in Halifax County. Train 80's locomotive and baggage car were derailed as a result of the collision. At this time minor injuries have been reported.

"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," Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said. "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."

At this time U.S. 301, N.C. 903 and N.C. 125 are closed in all directions at this location. Amtrak is investigating the incident along with local authorities. NCDOT is providing support as needed.

The northbound Carolinian was traveling from Charlotte to New York City at the time of the collision. The crossing involved in this incident is equipped with gates and railroad-preempted traffic signals at the intersection of U.S. 301 and N.C. 903.

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4/16/2018 4:30 PM