Driver injured when vehicle strikes Amtrak train near LarimoreLARIMORE, N.D. — A 23-year-old male was injured early this morning when his 2008 Chevy Cobalt collided with an Amtrak passenger train west of Larimore.
By: Kevin Bonham, Forum Communications, INFORUM
LARIMORE, N.D. — A 23-year-old male was injured early this morning when his 2008 Chevy Cobalt collided with an Amtrak passenger train west of Larimore.
The unidentified driver was taken to Altru Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following the accident, which occurred at about 6:33 a.m. where the railroad tracks cross Grand Forks County Road 20, about 4 miles west of Larimore.
According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the vehicle was northbound on County Road 20 when it approached the railroad tracks. A grove of trees on the east side of the road may have obscured the driver’s vision.
The railroad crossing is not marked with flashing lights, but rather railroad crossing and yield signs.
According to the patrol, the driver, realizing he could not stop in time, steered his vehicle to the left, striking the Amtrak train on the fourth railcar.
The train’s two engines and a baggage car became detached and continued westward, stopping about one-quarter mile west of the collision, according to Highway Patrol Trooper Steve Nicola.
The car, which was struck on the passenger side, traveled about 50 yards from the point of impact, landing in a steep ditch on the south side of the tracks.
The driver was alone in the vehicle, according to the patrol.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said there were no injuries to the passengers or the crew of the Empire Builder Train 7.
The uncoupled cars were backed up and reattached to the remaining 10 cars of the train.
Some Amtrak passengers got off the train and milled about while officials investigated the scene.
The train remained at the crash scene for about three hours, resuming its westbound trip at about 9:40 a.m. A westbound freight train was stopped east of Larimore, to wait for the tracks to clear.
Magliari said the train left Grand Forks at 6:06 a.m.
The Highway Patrol and Amtrak are continuing to investigate the accident.