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Amtrak Train Collides With Dump Truck in Alabama, Driver Killed

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | November 07, 2015

Amtrak Train Collides With Dump Truck in Alabama, Driver Killed

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A tragic collision occurred near Birmingham Alabama Friday when Amtrak’s Train 20 Crescent service slammed into a dump truck, killing its driver, WAFB Baton Rouge reported.

The train, which runs between New Orleans and New York City, had 124 passengers aboard, many of them LSU football fans headed to the team’s matchup with Alabama, WAFB said. Amtrak officials stated there were no reported injuries on the train.

Bessemer, Ala. Police Deputy Chief Mike Roper broke the news to WAFB that the dump truck driver was killed in the crash, and also said that the railroad crossing arms were functioning at the time of the collision. Roper added that authorities are investigating the possibility that the deceased driver may have tried to beat the train.

LSU fan Amy Duplessis of Prairieville, La. told WAFB that she and her husband and two friends were eating lunch on the train when the crash happened. 

"We were in the dining car, toward the front of the train," Duplessis said. "My back was to the engine and I felt a thump and we saw a big ball of smoke. As the train passed, I saw something flipping, saw lots of dust, and then the train came to a stop."

Duplessis said to WAFB that Train 20 left New Orleans Friday morning and had just let off around 100 LSU fans in Tuscaloosa before the accident.

But before they can go anywhere, the wrecked engine must be replaced. "The first engine is damaged so they told us they are going to pull that off and try to get the second engine to pull us to Birmingham," Duplessis said to WAFB. Then, once the train gets going again, it’s full speed ahead to a final stop in the Big Apple.


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