When a train collides with a vehicle, the damage can be extensive. Unfortunately, the recent accident in Halifax County, North Carolina (NC) involving an Amtrak train and tractor-trailer is no different. The damage was severe and multiple people had their lives turned upside down as a result. It's been reported that roughly 15 passengers were taken to Halifax Memorial Hospital by ambulance, and another 25 were taken by bus, according to WXII12.com.
Why was the damage so extensive? Because the first two cars of the Amtrak train wound up derailing after the collision with the commercial big rig. The tractor-trailer reportedly belongs to Guy M. Turner Inc., a Greensboro, NC company.
A woman who witnessed the horrific wreck told reporters that the driver of the tractor-trailer was "lingering" on the train tracks as the driver tried to make a difficult turn. The Amtrak train involved in the collision was headed to New York from Charlotte. The collision happened at N.C. 903 and U.S. 301, according to the aforementioned WXII.com article.
Clearly, this is a major accident and multiple lives have been effected. In the blink of an eye, over 40 people had their lives turned upside down suffering potentially serious injuries in this Amtrak train wreck. The insurance adjusters for both the railroad and the tractor-trailer company will be working overtime to try and minimize their liability in this serious crash. The injured passengers and railroad workers should consider speaking to an experienced railroad accident injury attorney to determine their legal rights in this incident.