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Amtrak train collides with vehicle in Virginia

Published:   |   Updated: December 12, 2013 at 09:30 AM

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WAVERLY, Va. — An Amtrak train en route to Boston on Thursday morning struck a vehicle in rural Virginia that police said attempted to drive around a crossing bar.

The car was destroyed and the driver was injured.

Amtrak said the train did not derail and none of its 46 passengers was injured in the crash, which occurred about 6 a.m. in Waverly, about 50 miles southeast of Richmond.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said the driver of the vehicle, Untron Drew, was taken by medical helicopter to Richmond with injuries she said weren’t life threatening.

Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds said Northeast Regional train 174 was traveling from Norfolk, Va., to Boston. She said the train left the crash scene and was operating on a two-hour delay.

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