Amtrak

Secretary Tony Tata
NC Department of Transportation

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.

Mercedes Alexander Amtrak
Leoneda Inge

The state Department of Transportation says the latest numbers show Amtrak train service between Raleigh and Charlotte is among the fastest growing corridors in the country.

The “Piedmont” and “Carolinian” trains transported about 480,000 riders in the past year.

Amtrak passengers with suitcases, pillows and smart devices started gathering their items as the attendant in the downtown Durham station made this announcement.

The head of federal railroads will be in Raleigh today to announce more money for a new train terminal. Passengers who board trains in Raleigh arrive to a cramped terminal with few parking spaces. City and state planners hope a new depot -- called Union Station -- will better serve travelers. Federal rail administrator Joseph Szabo is expected to announce more federal dollars for the project.

Starting this fall, Amtrak will expand its throughway motor coach service to Eastern North Carolina. Passengers will be able to connect via bus to the Amtrak Palmetto station in Wilson. One route will serve Greenville, New Bern, Havelock and Morehead City; the other will connect Goldsboro, Kinston, Jacksonville, and Wilmington. Amtrak's Christina Leeds says the Palmetto train service operates twice daily serving 20 stations between New York and Savannah, Georgia.

North Carolina Amtrak will suspend Piedmont mid-day service between Raleigh and Charlotte starting today.  Service is being halted due to improvement projects along the route. Amtrak Spokeswoman Amanda Perry says the closures are to give workers a chance to recondition the tracks and improve on-time service.

"It would minimize delays and service interruptions and that sort of thing.But the actual speed of the train is not expected to increase."