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Amtrak crash: Train slams car at 80 mph, suspected drunk driver gets out alive

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An Amtrak crash demolished a car, leaving it in pieces and looking like it was nearly impossible for anyone inside to get out alive, but they did. The driver of the car caused this Amtrak crash when he tried to drive around the crossing bar that came down to stop traffic, according to The Detroit News on Dec. 12.

The Amtrak train came too fast for the car to clear the tracks with his vehicle and the train split the car in pieces on impact. The Amtrak crash happened about 6 a.m. on Thursday in Waverly, a town 50 miles outside of Richmond, Virginia. The train that was headed for Boston was carrying only 46 passengers at that hour of the morning and none were injured.

Northeast Regional train 174 was coming from Norfolk Va. and headed for Boston and it was only two hours delayed due to the accident. The driver of the car was airlifted from the scene to a nearby hospital. He had “non-life threatening injuries", reports Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya. The driver was identified as Untron Drew.

Sgt. Anaya said that the Amtrak train was going about 80 mph when it collided with the car. She said the driver ignored the no-crossing bars and the flashing lights and tried to drive around them. She also said the driver was suspected to be drunk at the time, according to Web Pro News today.

Take a look at the picture above and you can see why the driver was lucky to escape this Amtrak crash with his life. The crash did not derail the train, it just needed to wait for the cleanup and the preliminary investigation before departing from the scene two hours later.



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