A freight train hit a car Friday night in Morrisville, killing a man and woman from Southern Pines.
Fiona Frances Hudson, 55, and John Burl Hudson, 57, were trying to turn right onto Morrisville-Carpenter Road at N.C. 54 when the railroad crossing arms came down, investigators reported. The train slammed into the car and dragged it more than a half-mile down the tracks, investigators said.
Morrisville police are still investigating why the couple’s car got stuck between the crossing arms, officials said in a news release. The investigation is expected to take several days to complete, because police still need to review a camera mounted on the train, receive autopsy reports and coordinate with the railroad company, said Tony Chiotakis, Morrisville’s director of Community and Emergency Services.
Raleigh police were first notified about the wreck at 9:51 p.m. Friday, according to a state Department of Transportation spokesman. Police shut down both lanes of N.C. 54, rerouting traffic until they could remove the car from the tracks. The road reopened about 2:45 a.m., the spokesman said.
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NCDOT’s rail division will wait for the police report before doing its own investigation, the NCDOT spokesman said.