No Amtrak passengers were injured in a crash Thursday morning when a car that attempted to drive around flashing railroad track crossing bars was struck by the train carrying more than 40 people in Waverly, Va.
Emergency personnel transported Untron Drew, who was driving a Crown Victoria at the time of the accident, to a Richmond hospital by helicopter, WAVY-TV reported.
Waverly is about 45 miles southeast of Richmond.
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Authorities said that Drew had nonlife-threatening injuries. No one appeared to be injured on the train.
Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said the accident happened around 6 a.m. on State Route 40.
WRC-TV reported that the train
was traveling 79 miles per hour at the time of crash but it did not derail.
Anaya told WAVY-TV that state police believed that alcohol was a factor in the crash.
The train, the Northeast Regional 174, received little damage and was allowed to continue after the initial investigation, an Amtrak spokesman told the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot.
The train was scheduled to arrive in Boston at 6:30 p.m.
The accident comes after two people died Tuesday when a Maryland commuter train collided with an SUV outside the St. Denis MARC station near Baltimore.
In that incident, a Maryland Transit Administration told WRC-TV that the Volvo SUV tried to drive around a gate at a railroad crossing near the rail station in the snow about 6:20 a.m. when Train 845 heading toward Washington, D.C.'s Union Station struck it.
The driver of the SUV, a woman in her early to mid 20s, died at the scene while the passenger, a 38-year-old man, was pronounced dead later at a Washington-area hospital.
No one aboard the train appeared to be injured at the time of the accident.
MARC suspended the Camden Line in both directions after the accident for about two hours after the crash During the closure, rail personnel accepted Camden Line tickets at Washington Metro train system and on MARC's Penn Line.
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