A 5-year-old boy was killed and a 4-month-old baby was hospitalized in a horrific Amtrak train accident. A car driven by Erin Brett Lindsay-Calkin with the two children as passengers crossed the railroad tracks at Mount Willing Road when the Amtrak train slammed into the vehicle, according to The Herald-Sun.

As mentioned earlier, the 5-year-old boy was killed along with Mrs. Lindsay-Calkin. The 4-month-old baby is in “fair” condition at N.C. Memorial Hospital. My deepest sympathies go out to their friends and family. A train wreck of this nature is always terrible, but for it to happen just before Christmas has to be devastating for their loved ones.

The Amtrak train was running behind schedule. It was headed for Durham, North Carolina (NC) with 295 passengers on board. The early reports indicate no passengers were injured, but passenger injuries usually aren’t reported until the train reaches the final destination.

It’s been a bad year for Amtrak in terms of fatal train crashes. Amtrak has been involved in dozens of accidents in North Carolina (NC). In 2008, Amtrak had 92 train accidents and close to 1,500 train incidences where nearly 120 people were killed. Just a few weeks ago, two children in an SUV were hit and killed by an Amtrak train in Durham.