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  • WRALinsider Feb 7, 4:48 p.m.

    This is tragic. Ms. Fowler was charged with embezzlement in May 2012. I hope she didn't take her life because of her circumstances. I pray for her and her family.

  • JDAmbrosio Feb 7, 3:10 p.m.

    Close friend's husband works that line (was not on the train at the time) and said the "delay" is for several reasons - emergency workers have to work the scene and help anyone who is injured, police need to wrap up their investigation, coroner has to remove deceased, tow truck has to remove the vehicle, track inspection, train inspection, signal inspection, drug test, and a NEW train driver MUST continue the rest of the way - you are not allowed to continue driving the train if someone is struck or is in a vehicle and the vehicle is struck. There are lots of reasons, so in essence 3 hrs is not really all that long.

  • Skywatch_NC Feb 7, 2:43 p.m.

    Prayers and thoughts with Ms. Fowler's family.


    When my Dad worked for state water quality he went to the scene of a dump truck/Amtrak train collision in Aug. 2005 in South Raleigh to investigate to see if there was any diesel fuel spill in the ground soil as a result of the situation. Sadly, two men from the dump truck died and the train engineer had minor injuries.

  • dsalter Feb 7, 11:53 a.m.

    Very tragic. But why was the train delayed 3 hours? It's not like it had any witnesses or control over the accident.

    Hello!! The train hit the car. The engineer is an eye witness. I am going to assume you just haven't had your coffee yet this morning.


    Probably because the Federal Transportation Safety board had to make their investigation. A train is a commercial vehicle. I don't know their rules, but as a former truckdriver I can tell you this. We were regulated by the D.O.T. If a truck causes a fatality...regardless who was at fault...the driver is required to take a drug test. And that is time consuming.

  • sinenomine Feb 7, 11:49 a.m.

    daddyankee - "Have Amtrak accidents always been this prevalent?"

    Assuming that these have all been Amtrak accidents, the implication is that Amtrak is somehow responsible for all of them.

    I don't know the details of any of the incidents, but I do know that

    - A train can't take an alternate route or stop on a dime. Even when it can slow appreciably that usually doesn't help the person on the tracks.

    - In most cases train/car collisions are caused by "pilot error" on the part of the automobile driver.

    - If by "pedestrian" you mean a person walking along a railroad right-of-way that person is by definition a trespasser. That doesn't give the railroad a right to kill him, and makes his death no less tragic, but it does indicate some degree of negligence or assumption of risk on the part of the "pedestrian" aka "trespasser".

  • whydoyoucare Feb 7, 11:21 a.m.

    Sidecutter- the ladder truck has rescue tools. They go to all major crashes where extrication may be required.

  • kikinc Feb 7, 10:50 a.m.

    daddyankee- These accidents happen a lot more than you would think, especially when people aren't taking precautions. Don't walk on train tracks, don't try to drive around downed crossing arms, don't stop on the tracks due to traffic (if you don't have room to cross, STOP). These are the reasons for the accidents you listed. These accidents will keep happening if people don't wise up.

  • Sweet summertime Feb 7, 10:49 a.m.

    So sad. Praying for family.

  • Sweetgrl3 Feb 7, 10:40 a.m.

    It is sad. No one knows what really happened or what made her decide to cross the tracks. Very tragic. Praying for her family.

  • n4cer Feb 7, 10:38 a.m.

    daddyankee They happen a lot more than people realize. The sad thing is that a train vs car wreck is one of the most preventable wrecks, if people would just stop look listen and/or not stop on the tracks there would be less though they would still happen in cases of suicide. Its not like the train can stop in time or swerve out of the way this one is mostly on the people in the cars or walking on the tracks.

  • seankelly15 Feb 7, 10:31 a.m.

    daddyankee - "Have Amtrak accidents always been this prevalent?"

    Not all of these incidents involved Amtrak trains.

  • Seriously15. Feb 7, 10:04 a.m.

    pause to consider - maybe when you or your family members are in an emergency situation, the fire,ems and law enforcement officials will give you bare minimum assistance, maybe they won't even respond at all, we would hate for them to waste their time. Really how ungrateful are you.....

  • chattycat Feb 7, 9:54 a.m.

    Very tragic. But why was the train delayed 3 hours? It's not like it had any witnesses or control over the accident.

    Hello!! The train hit the car. The engineer is an eye witness. I am going to assume you just haven't had your coffee yet this morning.

  • Twittyfan Feb 7, 9:52 a.m.

    Prayers for all involved. I am sure when a train and car is involved it is a terrible scene and a lot of long hours is required and the First Responders and crew would rather be home with their families verses the wreck scene. I hope this makes people realize you do not need to try to beat a train because most of the time it ends in tragedy. Just take a minute to pray and realize what the emergency workers and the driver/passengers of the train have endured and the images they will have to live with.

  • daddyankee Feb 7, 9:51 a.m.

    This is an alarming trend lately with train 'accidents'.
    Jan. 8 Morrisville. Train hits woman's car at intersection.
    Jan. 25 High Point. Train kills car driver in collision.
    Jan. 27. Kannapolis. Train kills pedestrian
    Jan. 27 Burlington. Train hits man's car.
    Jan. 29 Durham. Train kills pedestrian.
    Feb. 1 Burlington. Train hits cyclist Feb. 6 Raleigh. Train kill pedestrian. All of these stories. can be found on a news search. Have Amtrak accidents always been this prevalent?

  • GravyPig Feb 7, 9:25 a.m.

    "It amazes me how our emergency authorities will over take a scene and hold up everybody for very little reason. It's especially crazy when there's an injury accident on the Shoulder of a highway and they close 3 lanes of traffic so 2 or 3 unnecessary firetrucks can park across 3 lanes. What's up with that? It seems a little overboard for 'safety', imo."

    Overboard for safety? I would rather they go overboard and inconvenience folks than have less safety and lose another life. You do realize that firefighters and EMS have much more on their minds when they are at an accident. They will be going back and forth to their vehicles to get tools and supplies while they work. Giving them a wide berth to work in is the least that can be done to keep our rescue personel safe.

  • GravyPig Feb 7, 9:20 a.m.

    "She was parked there then "drove into the train"? as stated by the men they interviewed. I hope she wasn't trying to end her life :-( So very sad in any case...." - Inchworm

    After seeing the report on News 14 yesterday, that is what I had gathered from it as well. I hope that wasn't the case, tragic either way.

  • sinenomine Feb 7, 8:58 a.m.

    It is tragic for the dead woman and her family regardless of why the crash occurred.

    I am glad to see another post regarding the feelings of the train crew. In this case the car apparently hit the side of the train, not vice versa, but in many (most?) cases the last thing the engineer sees is likely the look of terror in the eyes of the person about to be killed. I wonder how often engineers in that situation close or divert their eyes at the last second. I believe I would.

  • computer trainer Feb 7, 8:32 a.m.

    Inchworm, I have thought the same thing. Sad for the railroad folks too. It is hard on them when someone is hitting by the train they are in charge of. Does seem that she was parked there and then when she was hit, did she not have her seatbelt on? Sad, anyway you look at it.

  • kikinc Feb 7, 8:28 a.m.

    My mom works for the FRA, and will have to investigate this crash. She's told me the worst part of these investigations is the interview with the train's engineer/conductor. I can't even imagine. If the lights are flashing, DO NOT try to cross!

  • inchworm714 Feb 7, 8:18 a.m.

    She was parked there then "drove into the train"? as stated by the men they interviewed. I hope she wasn't trying to end her life :-( So very sad in any case....

  • FairPlay Feb 7, 8:11 a.m.

    Sad for he loved ones but what in the heck makes people go around gates that are down? That is just insane. A bit of patience is worth everything.

  • V-Vet 72-75 Feb 6, 7:14 p.m.

    So sad for the family. Wonder what this lady was doing when she went through the crossing arms? (Cell phone perhaps?)

  • luvstoQ Feb 6, 6:42 p.m.

    Very tragic and sad, but why, why, do people drive through a crossing gate? Are they in that big a hurry? Slow down and live.

  • n4cer Feb 6, 6:09 p.m.

    sidecutter aerial trucks in raleigh have rescue equipment a standard engine does not have. it is part of a response list of equipment. on a side note how about wral showing the body covered with the sheet in the live report

  • Scubagirl Feb 6, 6:04 p.m.

    Sorry someone lost their life but come on people the train will ALWAYS win!!! it's not worth a life to go thru the crossing gate...

  • EnoughWhiningAlready Feb 6, 5:58 p.m.

    It is a tragedy that someone has lost their life but for crying out loud people, NEVER EVER DRIVE THROUGH THE CROSSING GATES.

  • sidecutter Feb 6, 5:55 p.m.

    Just curious- wht would the fire department send an aerial truck to a train crash?

  • carrboroyouth Feb 6, 5:52 p.m.

    Very sad. I wonder how this can happen :/
    No lights, inattentiveness? Regardless it is tragic.

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