Amtrak train hits flatbed truck at NC-Va line

Amtrak train hits flatbed truck at NC-Va line

PLEASANT HILL, NC (WBTV) - An Amtrak train struck a tractor-trailer at the North Carolina-Virginia border on Thursday afternoon, authorities said Thursday.

The Carolinian, which runs between Charlotte and New York, hit the truck at 12:52 p.m. as the train was crossing from Northampton County into Greensville County, Va. The crash occurred at a crossing about a tenth of a mile into Virginia at a crossing that serves a Georgia-Pacific plant.

None of the 267 passengers aboard the train or crew members was hurt. No one in the flatbed truck was hurt either.

Wilma Conway of Cary, who was on the train, said she heard a bang, and the train quickly came to a stop.

"We weren't going very fast," Conway said in a telephone interview with WRAL-TV. "Right along side of us is 'Welcome to Virginia,' so the train is straddling Virginia and North Carolina."

Passengers were told that the flatbed truck had stalled on the tracks before the collision, she said.

Amtrak officials said the train would be delayed two hours while authorities investigate the crash.

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