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Amtrak train, truck collide in North Carolina; minor injuries reported

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An Amtrak passenger train and a tractor trailer truck collided in North Carolina on Monday, derailing the train and causing non-life threatening injuries to some of its approximately 200 passengers, local authorities said.

The train had been headed north up the East Coast when it collided around noon with a truck that was hauling heavy equipment and apparently got stuck on the tracks in Halifax County, said Heather Joyner, communications director of the county's Emergency 911.

The driver of the tractor trailer "was in the process of trying to get unstruck" when the crash occurred, Joyner said.

All injuries reported so far are minor, she said.

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Emergency workers and law enforcement were still on the scene near the Virginia-North Carolina border getting passengers off the train, she said.

Amtrak said on Twitter it was responding to the incident and aware of reported injuries.

Television images showed the train's engine on its side and a passenger car off the tracks. Passengers were getting off the train with their luggage and boarding buses waiting to take them from the scene.

Train passenger Charlotte Story, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told WRAL television that she never heard a whistle and could not tell if the train had tried to slow down before the crash.

"There was a massive jerk and we were kind of thrown forward a little bit, and the train came to a sudden stop," she said, according to the television report.

 
 
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