Wake County

No one injured after Amtrak train strikes vehicle in Morrisville

Two people managed to safely get out of a vehicle before an Amtrak train struck it in Morrisville on Tuesday afternoon.

It’s unclear why the vehicle was sitting on the tracks when the crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. at a railroad crossing near the intersection of N.C. 54 and McCrimmon Parkway. Investigators said the vehicle did not malfunction, according to a news release from Morrisville officials.

Police say the vehicle was on McCrimmon Parkway in the left turn lane and was sitting on the tracks when the train signal activated. The vehicle’s two occupants were able to exit prior to the collision.

The train, headed toward Cary, stopped beyond McCrimmon Parkway, said Stephanie Smith, a town spokeswoman.

The news release did not indicate what kind of vehicle was involved.

“Thankfully, there were no injuries and no fatalities,” Smith said.

McCrimmon Parkway was closed between N.C. 54/Chapel Hill Road and Church Street while crews worked to clear the scene and repair the crossing arms.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @thomcdonald