Amtrak train slams into truck in Halifax

HALIFAX, NC -- An Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer truck on the tracks at NC-903 and US-301 in Halifax Monday.

It happened around 12:15 p.m.

Pictures from Chopper 11 HD showed the train's engine on its side and the luggage car off at an angle to the tracks. A passenger car behind the luggage car also derailed, but remained upright.

Halifax County officials said there were minor injuries.

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"We are relieved that there are no fatalities reported at this time, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured," said NC Transportation Secretary Tony Tata.

The cab of the truck was intact, but the low-boy trailer carrying some kind of large load covered in a large blue tarp was obliterated by the force of the impact.

An ABC11 Eyewitness viewer posted video of the impact on Twitter.

The train - the #80 Carolinian - was headed north from Raleigh with an eventual destination of New York with stops in major cities like Philadelphia.

Unhurt passengers were being loaded onto waiting buses.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.
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