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Authorities: Driver went around gate into path of train

Posted December 3, 2015

An SUV was struck by a freight train in Moore County Thursday morning, killing the driver on impact. (Photos courtesy Billy Marts / Aberdeen Times)
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— A Moore County woman died Thursday morning after she tried to race a train at a crossing on Pinebluff Lake Road.

State troopers said 52-year-old Aliksa Ersksa Mongkeya of Countryside Drive drove around railroad crossing gate, which was down, and was hit by a northbound Amtrak train. According to the State Highway Patrol, Mongkeya's 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe was pinned between two trains and dragged for several hundred feet.

Mongkeya, the only person in the SUV, had to be cut free from the heavily damaged vehicle.

The Amtrak train was carrying 82 passengers, and no injuries were reported. Passengers were loaded onto buses and carried to their final destination.

Pinebluff Lake Road between U.S. Highway 15/501 and U.S. Highway 1 was closed as emergency responders investigated the accident and removed the remains of the mangled vehicle.

The engine of the train was damaged in the crash.


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  • Meagan Wilson Dec 4, 2015
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    Those of you making a joke about this. F-yourself. This was someones mother, sister and grandmother. I know her daughter and I'm so sorry if you are reading these comments and have to see a ridiculous poll about your mothers death.....

  • Rosco Coltrane Dec 4, 2015
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    Driving around the stop gate to hit a train. It sounds like police should not rule out suicide.

  • Tommy Frieda Holloman Dec 3, 2015
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    about my last comment...didn't think about it being drug against another train on a side track...Still very sad...

  • Tommy Frieda Holloman Dec 3, 2015
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    Not an accurate picture for the crash if she was hit by an Amtrak unless they are pulling freight now...So sad people think they can out run them...

  • Norman Lewis Dec 3, 2015
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    And this weeks Darwin Award winner is....., 2 ton car vs 200 ton train, is there any question as to the outcome of that contest?

  • Mark Farmer Dec 3, 2015
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    lesson learned.

    life is short and fragile more than we think.

  • Sara Hauser Dec 3, 2015
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    I just don't get why anyone seriously thinks they can out run a train. Train's gonna win everytime!

  • Russ Bullock Dec 3, 2015
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    Never seen two trains used as a grinder before. Effective.

  • Alonzo Eubank Dec 3, 2015
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    That must have been a loud crash to mangle the vehicle up that bad. Can't even tell what the make is. I hope the person did not drive around the stop arm.

  • Rosco Coltrane Dec 3, 2015
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    That car is FUB A R'ed