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Released: 10/24/2009 Who do I contact? Theresa Chance
Public Information Officer
(910) 433-1896
Fayetteville Police Department
Train Accident
Around 9:37 pm Friday night, the Fayetteville Police Department responded to the area of Moore Street and Orange Street in reference to vehicle accident involving an Amtrak Train. Preliminary investigation revealed that the train was traveling southbound, while a Blue Chevy Suburban was traveling eastbound on Moore Street.   The Chevy was occupied with five family members.  It then entered a construction zone and became stuck on the tracks.  Four of the five occupants exited and attempted to free it off of the tracks, while the fifth occupant remained inside.  As the train approached, the fifth occupant could not get out in time.   The mother of the occupant attempted to open the door and free the subject (her 15 year old child).  Unfortunately, the vehicle was struck by the train, knocking the mother to the ground. The train dragged the vehicle approximately 360 feet down the tracks.  The subject inside the vehicle suffered only minor injures.  The mother suffered broken ribs, however; both were transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment.  At this time, it is unknown if any other family members suffered any injuries.  The family resides in Hope Mills. The train suffered over $100,000 in damages, and the Chevy was totaled and was towed from the scene.  The train was traveling between 25-30 mph at the time of impact. 

There were no reports of injury to any of the train passengers.


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