Five people received transport to the hospital for the personal injuries they suffered on October 23 when a sport utility vehicle they were traveling in was struck by an Amtrak train near downtown Fayetteville.


The accident took place at approximately 9:30 p.m. at the corner of Orange and Moore streets.


At least one of the occupants was believed to have suffered serious injuries. None of the names or conditions of the occupants were immediately made available.


The crossing had been closed to traffic for maintenance on the CSX tracks.


According to eyewitness Jimmy Buxton, a woman driving a Chevrolet Suburban drove around the barricades and the vehicle got stuck on the tracks. He said the crossing signal had not begun flashing when she attempted to pass the closed-off crossing.


According to another witness, Troy Hall, a young girl was attempting to exit the vehicle when the train struck. She was thrown over the vehicle and landed between the sets of tracks.


According to Richard Bradshaw, a battalion commander for the Fayetteville Fire Department, the occupants of the SUV were fortunate because the train pushed the Suburban down the track, rather than crumpling or tossing it.


Police say three of the occupants received transport to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center by ambulances and the others were taken in private vehicles.

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