(ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C.) — At least 40 people were injured after an Amtrak train crashed into a tractor-trailer that was in the middle of the tracks in North Carolina Monday afternoon, authorities said.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has now reported that 15 passengers were transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance while 25 others were transported by bus to the hospital for treatment, indicating that their injuries were less severe.
There were 173 uninjured passengers who were taken by bus to Richmond, the agency said.
The Amtrak train operating from Charlotte to New York, “struck a vehicle on the tracks at a grade crossing approximately 30 miles north of Rocky Mount, N.C.,” Amtrak said in a statement to ABC News. “There were 212 passengers and eight crew members on board and initial reports are that several passengers have been injured and taken to local medical facilities for treatment. At this time, none of the injuries have been reported as life-threatening. Local emergency responders are on the scene and an investigation is ongoing.”
Video from the scene shows that at least one cabin of the train derailed and flipped over on its side.
The Halifax County Sheriff’s office confirmed that there were injuries but did not specify the degree of injury. No deaths have been reported.
Emergency crews are still on the scene, authorities said.
Amtrak officials said that people with questions about their friends and family aboard this train can call the following number for information: 800-523-9101.
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