Transcript for North Carolina Amtrak Derailment Details Emerge
We turn to another major train accident, the third in a month. This one in North Carolina. Where an amtrak train collided with I tractor trailer injuring dozens. ABC's David Kerley is in Halifax, North Carolina, with the latest. Good morning, David. Reporter: Good morning, George. That is the cargo of prefabricated structures on a truck that got stuck on the track. It's off the tracks. The amtrak cars are gone. The crossing is re-opened. But serious questions remain this morning. Another driver saw it coming. Oh, my god. Oh, my god! An amtrak train slamming that a tractor trailer and its tarp covered cargo. Engine on the side tore to pieces back car and the first coach on the ground. Reporter: On board 230 people, the 911 calls pour in. Amtrak is derailed. Oh, my god. Reporter: The engine and two of the seven cars jumped the tracks. It was horrific. I mean the ground shook, our vehicle shook. The train just is like an abrupt stop all of a sudden. That was it. Just zhoom. All you hear was steel and metal. Reporter: One out of every four people on board taken by ambulance or bus to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The truck was trying to turn right after the crossing but was too long. Escorted by a state trooper, the driver backed up to try and make that turn again when the signal started. The state police say there was no time to warn the rail line or amtrak. This is the third serious passenger rail accident in just over a month. Two weeks ago a truck on the tracks in California and last month a metro north train stuck an SUV in New York. Both the driver and six passengers were killed. But here in North Carolina, a happy reunion after a very scary day. Now, there is some discrepancy how long that truck was stuck on the tracks. Witnesses say 15 to 20 minutes, the state patrol says it was just a matter of minutes of there is a sign that says if there is an emergency call. No call was made, George. Oh, that's surprising, okay, David, thanks very much.
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