Driver uninjured after train strikes car in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — Police said a man was uninjured after a train struck his car Saturday morning in Burlington.

Officials said the wreck occurred around 9 a.m. at the railroad tracks at N. Main St. and Webb Ave. when the crossing arms came down on the driver, trapping him between them.

Police said 67-year-old Charlie Ellison got out of his 2002 Buick before the wreck, escaping injury.

Authorities said the Amtrak train was going around 25-30 mph when it struck the car.

Officers said it was carrying 72 passengers and was slowing to stop at the Burlington Station at the time of the wreck. 

Damage to Ellison’s vehicle was estimated at $5,000. No damage was reported to the Amtrak train.


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