Officials: 55 passengers injured in truck-train collision

HALIFAX, NC (AP) — Authorities say at least 55 people were injured after an Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer that was stuck on the tracks. One of the injuries was serious.

State transportation officials said 54 of the injured train passengers were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries after Monday’s collision. They said one had more serious injuries. Details were not immediately available.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the male truck driver was not injured. Officials said the driver was trying to make a difficult left-hand turn when he got stuck on the tracks. An eyewitness had said earlier that the truck driver was trying to make a right-hand turn.

Federal Railroad Administration officials said they believed that 62 people had been injured. The discrepancy could not be resolved immediately.

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