Two killed when Amtrak train heading to Memphis crashes into truck


JACKSON, Miss. — Two people were killed after an Amtrak train hit a tow truck carrying an 18-wheeler.

James Creel of Meridian and Scott Hartsock of Florida were inside the 18-wheeler when it was struck by the train along Old Byram Road near the Jackson Motor Speedway Thursday, WJTV reported on air. Both individuals were killed.

Amtrak told the news outlet 133 passengers were on board the train heading from New Orleans to Memphis and none of them were injured. They were stranded for several hours before being taken to the train station in Jackson by bus.

The passengers on board are expected to arrive in Memphis Friday evening.

WJTV in Jackson noted that the intersection where the accident happened does not have flashing lights or train crossing arms.

Amtrak released a statement on the accident:

The safety of our customers, employees and public is our top priority. Amtrak has a police department with a national safety mission and a partnership with Operation Lifesaver, a national, non-profit safety railroad education group whose goal is to eliminate deaths and injuries at railroad crossings and along railroad rights of way. With programs across the nation and in Canada, the organization has trained volunteers who provide free safety talks to community groups, school bus drivers, truck drivers and student drivers to raise awareness of the dangers around railroad tracks and trains.”


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