Two people escaped serious injured when an Amtrak train and car collided Monday afternoon.
The collision happened at 2:04pm at the Baker Street rail crossing in Four Oaks.
Amtrak Palmetto Train 90 was traveling northbound when it collided with a Buick passenger car at the crossing, knocking the car off the tracks and into a power pole before coming to rest adjacent to a CSX signal box. The train stopped several hundred yards north of the intersection.
Two people inside the car were injured.
Amtrak spokesperson Kimberly Woods said 124 passengers were on the train. No passengers or crew members suffered any injuries. Train 90 travels daily between Savannah and New York City. The train was delayed about 45 minutes by the crash.
Four Oaks Police Chief Stephen Anderson said the cross arms were down at the time of the accident. They automatically went up once the train went through the intersection. “We don’t know if he went around the cross arms or what happened,” Chief Anderson said.
Woods said Amtrak is cooperating fully with the investigation.
The Four Oaks Fire Department, Four Oaks EMS, and Johnston County EMS responded to the accident.
Duke Progress Energy crews replaced the damaged utility pole. WTSB Photos