Earlier today, an Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer in Halifax County. Fifty five passengers have been taken to the hospital.
The accident took place at 12:15 p.m. yesterday at the intersection of U-S 301 and N-C 903. The train was the northbound Carolinian 80, a popular route for commuters and business passengers.
The collision caused the Carolinian's locomotive and baggage car to derail. 15 passengers were taken to Halifax Memorial Hospital by ambulance and 25 were transported by bus. The remaining passengers were moved to the Halifax Community Center.
Local authorities and Amtrak officials are investigating the incident. The state Department of Transportation is also providing support.