Man killed when train hits car in High Point

High Point deadly train accident

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Police say a man died early Friday morning when his car was hit by a train in High Point. 

According to police, the collision happened shortly after 3:15 a.m. in the 100 block of North Pendleton Street near East Kivett Drive.

Police say 34-year-old Dy Vongdara was driving a 2010 Toyota Corolla south on Pendleton Street when he stopped at the tracks for a freight train that was heading west.

“Once the freight train passed the crossing, the driver of the Toyota attempted to drive around the crossing arms,” Lt. B.W. Roberts said.

Deadly train accident insert 300x300“An Amtrak train was traveling east and was approaching this crossing when the Toyota started around the crossing arms,” Roberts continued. 

“The freight train may have obstructed the vision of the driver, preventing him from seeing the approaching Amtrak train,” Roberts said. 

Vongdara died at the scene, police said. 

Alcohol was not a factor. 

DOT officials initially said the surrounding stretch of road was expected to be closed until about noon, however the scene had been cleared by 6:30 a.m.

The Amtrak train was headed east toward Washington, D.C.  Its final destination was New York.  It was not clear if any passengers were on the train.

Police are still investigating the wreck.

No other information was immediately available.

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