HALIFAX COUNTY, N.C. (PIX11)— Dozens of people were hurt when an Amtrak train on its way to New York derailed Monday after colliding with a tractor-trailer that had stalled on the tracks in the Halifax County area of North Carolina, authorities say.
The accident happened at the intersection of U.S. Highway 301 and N.C. Highway 903 around noon on Monday. The northbound Carolinian was traveling from Charlotte to New York City at the time of the collision.
According to WRAL, the 40 injured passengers aboard the Carolinian No. 80 were taken to area hospitals by bus or ambulance with minor injuries. The remaining 173 passengers were unhurt, authorities said.
The train slammed into a transfer truck, toppling the train's engine onto its side. The second car was completely derailed, and the third partially derailed. The other cars remained upright.
Video posted by Twitter user #RemyRemz shows dramatic moment trains slams into truck:
The Halifax County Sheriff's Office and the state Department of Transportation are investigating the accident along with Amtrak. Gov. Pat McCrory is being briefed on the investigation.
“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.”
This story is developing. Check back for updates.