Amtrak train delayed 2 hours after hitting SUV in Lanexa

Posted at 8:50 PM, Aug 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-26 22:10:52-04

NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. — An Amtrak train carrying 137 passengers was delayed for hours after it struck by an SUV in rural New Kent County Sunday afternoon.

Virginia State Police officials said troopers were called to the crash in Lanexa just after 6 p.m.

“A 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe pulled up to a CSX railroad crossing in the 1400 block of Outpost Road and stopped with the nose of the vehicle extending partially across the tracks,” troopers said. “The driver saw the train approaching and attempted to put the vehicle in reverse but was unable to do so.”

Officials said no one was injured when the train struck the front end of the SUV.

“The SUV driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash,” troopers said.

Officials said that the crash remains investigation, but that no charges are expected to be filed.

Amtrak officials the train was “back on the move,” but operating about two hours behind schedule as of 8:15 p.m.

The New Kent County Sheriff’s Office said the railroad crossings at Outpost and Allen roads in Lanexa were blocked, but that they were back open as of 7:40 p.m.

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