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Amtrak train hits car in Garner; Raleigh woman killed

Posted October 4, 2013
Updated October 5, 2013

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— A 59-year-old Raleigh woman died Friday night in Garner after an Amtrak train hit her car on tracks near Vandora Springs Road, Garner police said. 

According to investigators, Robin Downes Mozafaripour's Kia got stuck on the tracks at about 9:45 p.m. after she turned right onto Vandora Springs Road from Garner Road.

When the train hit Mozafaripour's car, it pushed it several feet, a witness said. The witness said she saw Mozafaripour put the car in reverse and try to rock it back and forth. 

Train 91, the Silver Star, was southbound for Miami carrying about 200 passengers and crew, an Amtrak spokesman said.

No one on board was injured. The train resumed its journey at about 11:30 p.m. Its next stop was Raleigh.


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  • Kaitlyn Oct 7, 2013

    I know those tracks. When you make a right turn onto V-S Rd from Garner Rd the tracks are right there and if you cut the turn too sharp you can easily run off the road and onto the tracks. A small car can easily get stuck there.

    I think they should extend the shoulder of the road further onto the tracks to this doesn't happen again.

  • SisterChristian Oct 7, 2013

    Never try to outrun a train. I did once and got stuck. Just as soon as I backed up breaking the bars that had already gone down and tearing my roof almost off, the amtrak came flying by. It was not my time to go. I learned my lesson to NEVER, EVER try to outrun a train. In a flash I could have been killed.

  • sunshine1040 Oct 7, 2013

    But no one saw her attempt to flee the car. So sorry for her family and those on the train

  • Homerun4thgle Oct 7, 2013

    My brother crossed that track one time and turned too wide and ran off the edge but he was able to get off the tracks. The drop off on the edges of the road could have hung the car up if the turn she made was to wide.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Oct 7, 2013

    It sounds like it was physically stuck. Maybe the front wheels were turned more parallel to the track and they were caught on the lip? I imagine is it difficult to think fast enough to decide to abandon the car in that situation. Condolences to all involved.

  • wdc1987 Oct 7, 2013

    I feel like this story should have more details. What caused her car to stall on the tracks?