Amtrak train hits tractor-trailer in N. Carolina

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PLEASANT HILL, N.C. (AP) — An Amtrak train that travels between North Carolina and New York hit a tractor-trailer Thursday, though no injuries were reported, officials said.

Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said 267 passengers were on the Carolinian, which travels daily between Charlotte and New York City, when it hit the vehicle Thursday in Pleasant Hill near the Virginia line.

Woods said she has no details about the condition of the truck driver. Service has been halted while authorities investigate.

No cars derailed, said Hannah Davis, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. She said the tractor-trailer was a flatbed.

The crash comes about six months after an Amtrak train along the same route slammed into a tractor-trailer that got stuck on the tracks while trying to make a difficult left-hand turn in Halifax, North Carolina, about 15 miles south of Pleasant Hill. One of the cars on that train toppled, and the conductor and at least 54 others were injured.

Two other deadly train crashes in New York and California in February killed a total of seven people and injured 30.

The oversized flatbed trailer involved in the March crash was transporting a modular building wrapped in blue plastic and jammed with electrical equipment, Lt. Jeff Gordon, a spokesman for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, said at the time. A trooper escorting the truck was trying to help the driver navigate a difficult turn when the crash happened.

The truck had been unable to back off the tracks before the train hit because traffic had backed up on the road behind the driver, officials said.

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