Amtrak train en route to D.C. slams into truck in North Carolina; 40 hurt

Amtrak train crash wreckage in North Carolina. (Photo: ABC/WTVD)

HALIFAX, N.C. (AP/WJLA) - Transportation officials say 40 passengers were injured when an Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer that was stuck on the tracks in North Carolina.

DOT officials said 25 people were taken to Halifax Memorial Hospital by bus and 15 by ambulance after the collision, which happened about noon Monday.

They said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. A bus will take another 173 passengers who weren't injured to Richmond, Va.

Halifax County law-enforcement officials say the collision toppled the engine onto its side. They say the first two cars of the train toppled after the crash.

State transportation officials say the second car that derailed was a baggage car.

An eyewitness says the tractor-trailer driver was trying to make a difficult right-hand turn. She says the driver jumped out of the truck before the crash.

The Amtrak train was the Carolinian, which runs between Charlotte, North Carolina, and New York City each day. The train was due to stop at Union Station in Washington at 4:37 p.m. on its way to New York.

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