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Amtrak train collides with vehicle in Virginia


WAVERLY, Va. (AP) -- An Amtrak train is on its way to Boston again after it struck a vehicle in rural Virginia that police said attempted to drive around a crossing bar, destroying the car and injuring the driver.

Amtrak says the train did not derail and none of its 46 passengers was injured in the crash, which occurred around 6 a.m. Thursday in Waverly, a community about 50 miles southeast of Richmond.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said the driver of the vehicle, Untron Drew, was taken by med-flight to Richmond with injuries she said weren't life threatening.

Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds said Northeast Regional train 174 was traveling from Norfolk, Va., to Boston. She said it has left the crash scene is operating on a two-hour delay.

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Linda December 13 2013 at 10:02 AM

Guy is lucky he was not killed. Stupid is, stupid does....he was STUPID to even attempt to cross those tracks when the crossing bar was down. He got what he deserved coz of his stupidity and he is lucky he is alive. I hope this idiot learned a good lesson here...DO NOT try to cross train tracks when the crossing bar is down! DUH!

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zoomque December 13 2013 at 9:38 AM

People are killed everyday at rural train crossings. Yeah, trains have that magical brake that can stop a mega ton machine on a dime just because you can't wait 2 or 3 minutes to get to 7-11 to get a Slurpee and some nachos. Idiots.

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td1918 December 13 2013 at 8:26 AM

Never try to beat a train!

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Lina Botavara December 13 2013 at 8:17 AM

goodmorning everyone,try to talk positive language in life,everyday you wake up is good and that give the power to live,be thankful of what you have,if you want to make a comments do it the right way,do you know everything you do in life bad or good ,you will always get it back either good or bad,we all not perfect but it hurt to know even just to read every comments ..thanks god for ur life,start giving thanks to a person that love you the most,if ur a kid ..thanks your parents.be happy .start today..MERRY CHRISTMAS ,HAPPY HOLIDAY,MALIGAYANG PASKO,FELIZ NA VIDAD.WE ALL CAN DO THIS TOGETHER,,GOD BLESS YOU ALL

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toiii December 13 2013 at 7:44 AM

I love Amtrak it's a wonderful way to travel, let's get additional federal assistance to keep it up to standards and running safely.

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stawashstavan December 13 2013 at 8:01 AM

let's start with grammar lessons for you

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staceyberland December 13 2013 at 7:32 AM

You can't fix stupid

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stawashstavan December 13 2013 at 7:39 AM

never heard that one before

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Steelrider2 December 13 2013 at 6:55 AM

The only train wreck that should be investigated should be that massive train wreck at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. More people harmed and for sure the driver is asleep at the switch.

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harunksteve December 13 2013 at 7:29 AM

I know, and when the sun does not come up every morning, it is the president that is at fault....

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Carl December 13 2013 at 6:49 AM

Your headline and most others involving a car and train is DEAD wrong. This car tried to go around the RR crossing gate; therefore, it should read car hits train. These trains move at high rates of speed on a track usually with gates at the crossing. The car is always at fault in my opinion. Ridiculous to think the train can stop for anyone who decides to break the law and run the gates.

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pc1missycp December 13 2013 at 8:20 AM

thank you Karl , glad someone has a brain . I use Amtrak all the time and no one could love it more do we have incidents that arise yes but always someone that has no brain the cause or could be weather related .
I LOVE AMTRAK, I take it to Maine May through Sept .. I cannot believe some of the DUMB things people write !!
T Y Missy

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Alan December 13 2013 at 6:47 AM

If you're going to be dumb, you have to be tough. Surprising there are still so many stupid people out there.

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Owen December 13 2013 at 6:31 AM

the fool driving the car, caused this very stupid accident

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stawashstavan December 13 2013 at 7:41 AM

what a profound statement

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