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Child remains in critical condition after train hits pickup truck in Durham

Posted April 23, 2018 7:12 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:12 a.m. EDT

— Two children were injured when a train slammed into a pickup truck Monday evening in Durham.

Authorities said the Amtrak passenger train collided with a Dodge Ram that was on the tracks between the crossing arms at the intersection of Driver and Pettigrew streets just before 6 p.m.

Authorities said the train, which was traveling westbound, struck the bed of the truck on the passenger side, causing the truck to spin and end up next to the train tracks.

Two children in the back seat of the truck, identified as 8-year-old Jaden Hyman and 2-year-old Jace Hyman, were injured in the crash. Authorities said Jaden Hyman sustained serious injuries and was in critical condition, while Jace Hyman suffered non-life threatening injuries and was in stable condition.

Authorities said the driver of the truck, Ananias Hyman, 38, was not injured in the crash.

None of the 140 passengers on the train were injured, according to police, but the train was delayed for about two hours.

There have been other crashes at the same intersection in the past, including one in July and another in April 2016. Durham police said there haven't been any other more recent accidents, but people driving through the area said the traffic light at the intersection is long and people often get impatient waiting.

"It holds on red for a very long time, so yes, a lot of people run that and beat the guardrail and don't make it, end up breaking the guardrail or, as you see, getting hit," said resident Talisa Morrison.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.