The Latest: Truck was waiting to turn before Amtrak crash

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Posted: Sep 10, 2015 4:46 PM

SKIPPERS, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the Amtrak train collision with a tractor-trailer near the North Carolina-Virginia line (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

A trucking company says the driver of a tractor-trailer was stopped at an intersection waiting to make a turn before an Amtrak train smashed into it.

Officials say no one was seriously injured.

Linda Driver, the owner of Driver Trucking Inc. in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., said Thursday the driver did not see any trains coming as he waited to make the turn. She says he had to stop on the tracks to wait for an oncoming pickup truck to pass. She says a stoplight at the intersection, which she says is known to be dangerous, was blinking red.

Driver says the trucker hurt his knee and was shaken up but was not seriously hurt.

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3:20 p.m.

A passenger on board the Amtrak train that hit a tractor-trailer says the collision caused the trailer to split in two.

Lamont Lilly was traveling from Durham, North Carolina, to New York when his train hit the vehicle Thursday. Lilly says he was eating lunch near the front of the train when he felt a jolt, heard the brakes screech and smelled smoke.

He says he could see from his window that the trailer had been split in half. He says he never saw the driver.

Lilly says passengers have not been allowed off the train.

Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods says 267 passengers were on the train when it hit the trailer near the North Carolina-Virginia line. No injuries have been reported.

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2:28 p.m.

Officials say an Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer near the North Carolina-Virginia line, though no injuries have been reported.

Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said that 267 passengers were on the train when it hit the vehicle Thursday.

Woods says she has no details about the condition of the truck driver.

The train travels daily between Charlotte and New York City. Woods says service has been halted while authorities investigate the incident.

Tanisha Powell, a dispatcher for the Greensville County Sheriff's Office in Virginia, says the crash happened in Virginia just north of the North Carolina line.

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This story has been corrected to show that the crash happened in southern Virginia, near the boundary with North Carolina. Amtrak officials initially said the crash happened in North Carolina, near the boundary with Virginia.