Amtrak train crashes into car in Virginia, driver hurt

Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:12am EST

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(Reuters) - An Amtrak train collided with a car in eastern Virginia early Thursday, injuring its driver, after the motorist ignored warning signals of the approaching train and tried to drive around the crossing bar, police said.

The collision occurred around 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT) as the train traveled at a speed of 79 miles per hour, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sergeant Michelle Anaya. There were 44 passengers and five crew members on the train at the time, she said.

The train did not derail, but the driver of the car was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Anaya said.

There was no damage to the train and no reports of injuries to any of the passengers on the train.

Amtrak had no immediate comment.

(Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City; Editing by Scott Malone and Alden Bentley)

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Comments (6)
kineticwaffle wrote:
The headline should more properly read:”Car Gets in the Way of Train”

Dec 12, 2013 9:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
2352354235 wrote:
The media needs to learn to write stories like this better and assign blame clearly where it belongs. The headline makes it sound like the train swerved or derailed in order to chase down a car to crash into. The driver of the car drove in the path of a train. The driver of the car is 100% to blame. Stop writing about trains crashing into vehicles and start writing about drivers driving into the path of trains.

Dec 12, 2013 9:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
norm-pc wrote:
I have retired from the rail road and he is very lucky to be alive, I was a Federial inspector and I have witnessed may crashes and most were not as lucky as he was!

Dec 12, 2013 12:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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