Last updated: 07:39 PM ET, Sun April 05 2015

Husband and Wife Killed By Amtrak Train

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | April 05, 2015

Husband and Wife Killed By Amtrak Train

Photo courtesy of WRAL

Amtrak train No. 80, the Carolinian, was headed from Charlotte, N.C. to New York City, when it struck and killed a couple who were on the tracks in Durham, N.C., about 25 miles northwest of Raleigh, the Associated Press reported.

According to police, 38-year-old Derek Lowe, and 33-year-old Tina Lowe were hit by the northbound train shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday and both were pronounced dead at the scene. At the time of the accident, the pair were on property owned by Norfolk-Southern Railway.

WRAL relayed a report by investigators that said it appears “one person was sitting on the tracks and the other was trying to pull them off.”

All 166 passengers on the Carolinian were uninjured, and the train continued on its route after about a two-hour 45-minute delay.

The last accident for Amtrak also occurred in North Carolina, where a passenger train struck a tractor-trailer in Halifax County. The locomotive and a baggage car derailed, and 55 people were injured.

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