Burlington Driver Unharmed After Train Hits Car

12:21 PM, Jan 27, 2013   |    comments
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Burlington, NC -- A driver was unharmed when a train hit his car while he was stuck on a set of train tracks, according to police.

Police arrived on the scene near N. Main St. and Webb Ave. just before 9 a.m. Saturday. When they arrived, police found a 2002 Buick that had been struck by an Amtrak train.

The driver, 67-year-old Charlie Ellison, of Burlington, told detectives his car got stuck on the tracks as the train approached. Ellison said the crossing arms came down as the train came near, trapping him on the tracks.

As the train approached, Ellison got out of his car and ran off the tracks before the train struck his car, according to police.

The Amtrak train was traveling between 25 and 30 miles per hour at the time of the collision. The train, which had 72 passengers on board, was slowing down to make a stop the Burlington train station.

Ellison was not injured, neither were any of the train's passengers.

Detectives say the damage to Ellison's car totaled about $5,000. The train didn't suffer any damage.

Burlington Police

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