An Amtrak train was involved in a crash with a truck in Halifax County, North Carolina, forcing the derailment of the passenger train and sending about 55 passengers to area hospitals.
Phone footage provided to The Daily Herald by witness Leslie Cipriani shows the Amtrak train – which was carrying around 200 passengers – smash into the flatbed lorry, slicing it in half.
‘I saw him jump out of the truck when he knew he couldn’t beat it. … I heard the train noise and thought, “Oh, my God, it’s going to happen,”‘ Cipriani told the Herald.
The 164ft lorry was transporting a modular building wrapped in blue plastic and stocked with electrical equipment, Lieutenant Jeff Gordon, of North Carolina State Highway Patrol, said.
One of the troopers had been escorting the truck from Clayton, North Carolina, and was trying to help the driver navigate a tricky left turn across the tracks onto the highway, Gordon added.
He said there had been no indication a train was approaching.