Two killed after Amtrak train rams into their car in N.C. - MRCAESAR.COM

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Two killed after Amtrak train rams into their car in N.C.

An Amtrak train rammed into a car in North Carolina Sunday, killing its two passengers.  (MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS)
Two people were killed after an Amtrak train crashed into their car as they tried to drive across the railroad tracks in rural North Carolina Sunday.
Eugene and Dorothy Lyons, a married couple in their 60s, were in their SUV when the southbound train struck them at around 2:30 p.m. in Whitakers, WCNC-TV reported.
The couple died at the scene, Whitakers Police Chief Chris Wagstaff said.
The woman was trying to drive around a lowered crossing arm before the train approached, officials said. 
The Lyons were known in the community and Eugene was a pastor at a church in Whitakers, WCNC reported.
There were no injuries reported for passengers on the train that was headed from New York City to Savanah, Ga., Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said.
It wasn't known if the victims were wearing seatbelts. 
Train service was temporarily suspended while local law enforcement investigated the scene. 
Whitakers is about 70 miles from the state capital of Raleigh.
In December, an Amtrak train derailment killed three people and injured dozens near Seattle, Wash.
The train was traveling 80 mph, 50 mph above the 30 mph speed limit, investigators said. 

- ny news 

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