Fuquay-Varina woman killed when Amtrak train hits her SUV

From staff reportsFebruary 6, 2013 

— A Fuquay-Varina woman was killed shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday when an Amtrak train collided with her sports utility vehicle where the railroad tracks cross Blount Street in the vicinity of Hoke Street and Hammond Road.

Lynette Renee Fowler, 42, was the only occupant in the vehicle, according to police spokesman Jim Sughrue. No major thoroughfares were closed as a result of the collision, he said.

The train involved in the crash was Amtrak train 79, the Carolinian, running from New York to Charlotte, according to an Amtrak official. Approximately 168 passengers were on the train, but none of the passengers reported injuries.

The train received minor damage from the crash but was operational.

Erskin Walker was outside of his workplace on Blount Street at the time of the collision.

“We saw the car disappear (when the train hit it) and that was it,” said Walker. “It sounded like a gunshot. It went boom and we ducked, then ran to see if we could help her.”

Walker said that the SUV was parked on a gravel area near the train tracks and the train collided with the driver’s side of the SUV as it coasted over the tracks.

Sughrue said Wednesday evening that a report on the wreck was not yet complete.

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