Cary police still investigating fatal train crash

From staff reportsJanuary 7, 2014 

First responders move the driver of a vehicle that was hit by an Amtrak train at a crossing at the intersection with SW Maynard Road in Cary on Thursday Jan. 2, 2014. A passenger in the vehicle was killed.


— Police are continuing to investigate the fatal collision of an Amtrak train with a car last week and have not charged the car’s driver, who survived.

Benny Derrick Dimery could face charges after witnesses told police he drove around the railroad crossing arms at Southwest Maynard Road as Amtrak’s Silver Star approached just before 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Dimery’s girlfriend, Lauren Webb, 21, was killed when the train hit the passenger side of the Mitsubishi Gallant that Dimery was driving.

The train was going 55 to 57 mph when it hit the car, police said.

Dimery, 24, was conscious when emergency workers pulled him from the wreckage, fire officials said. Paramedics took him to WakeMed, where hospital officials said Tuesday he was listed in good condition.

Police expect to complete their investigation by the end of the week, said Cary spokeswoman Deanna Boone.

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