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Amtrak train hits car in Raleigh

Posted July 10, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014

— A Charlotte-bound Amtrak train collided with a car near Nowell Road in Raleigh at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Amtrak officials believe the vehicle was unoccupied at the time of the crash. No injuries were reported.


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  • dbop90 Jul 11, 2014

    There really are some people with nothing to do in the middle of the day....geez

  • Steve Faulkner Jul 11, 2014
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    I don't understand why the train has to stop every time it hits something/someone. It's never the trains fault, so just keep rolling!

  • Kristin Byrne Jul 11, 2014
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    There is actually a sign next to crossings that lists a number to call if there is an emergency on the tracks. The sign also provides a number which is a sort of ID # for the crossing. My mom works for the Federal Railroad Association, and has always stressed using that sign because it is the quickest way to identify your location because roads can have multiple crossings on them. For example, if you go to Google maps and look at the McCrimmon crossing near Chapel Hill Rd, there is a sign that says stop here when flashing. On that same post, underneath that sign, there is a blue sign with some information on it. While you may not be able to read it while driving, if you get stuck on the tracks, that sign is a handy tool for someone to call.

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 11, 2014
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    don't know if they will allow my comment w/ more info but the durham news has more info

  • John Ragan Jul 11, 2014
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    too hot yesterday for trains to be chasing cars

  • acuranut Jul 11, 2014

    The intersection of Nowell Rd and Hillsborough St where the tracks are is not in Cary. You would think the writers or editors would be from around here and catch this. Then again the trains are traveling so fast there that the car may have been pushed all the way to Cary :)

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 11, 2014
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    some searching found this:

    RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A Charlotte-bound Amtrak slammed into a car in Raleigh Thursday.

    It happened just after 6:30 p.m. near Nowell Road off Hillsborough Street.

    Amtrak says the driver in the car jumped out of the way before the Carolinian train hit it.

    The train was delayed for about an hour, but thankfully no one on the train was hurt.

    No word yet on the condition of the driver or if any charges will be filed.

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 11, 2014
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    I would, but the fact that there is NO MENTION of the owners/past occupants IMPLIES that they were not around at all.

  • sinenomine Jul 11, 2014

    As long as people are speculating let me join the game.

    Everybody heretofore, myself included, has assumed that the car was squarely on the railroad track.

    The story as it is presently written does not say this. It only says that the train "collided with a car near Nowell Road" and that the car was unoccupied.

    As written the story leaves wide open the possibility that the car may have been hit a glancing blow by the train. It is possible that the people who left the car, not appreciating how much overhang the train had, may have left it what they thought was a safe distance away from the rails. I have seen videos of just such things happening and in fact MANY years ago (1960s to be precise) a friend of mine did exactly that with his '57 Chevy.

    The point, my friends, is that speculate as we might none of us really know what happened.

  • sinenomine Jul 11, 2014

    Yes, WHEELMAN, I would think they might have called 911. Maybe they did for all we know. The story is still pretty sparse on details.

    My point is that nobody knows what exactly happened at this point - not me, not you, not any of the posters apparently who can't fathom why someone might leave a car on the tracks. So why speculate?