Durham family narrowly escapes Amtrak train collision
A woman whose pickup truck was hit by a train Wednesday afternoon says a pack of ATV riders caused the truck to get stuck on the tracks.
Abigail Merritt told State Highway Patrol investigators she was on her way to pick up her husband at work when “two or three jacked-up four wheelers” surrounded her truck. She said they hit her truck near the front wheels on each side, causing it to stop on the tracks.
“It all happened so fast,” she said. “And then they left.”
She was able to get her two boys out of the truck unharmed, and a passerby stopped to help retrieve her dog moments before the train collided with the truck.
It was an Amtrak train from Raleigh heading to Durham before continuing on to Charlotte. The incident happened at a crossing on Wrenn Road near Angier Avenue in east Durham, according to Durham police. No injuries were reported on the train, troopers say.
A picture from the scene showed a man looking inside the severely damaged pickup truck. Aerial video from ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner, showed heavy damage to the truck on the driver’s side.
The State Highway Patrol said its investigation was ongoing.