RALEIGH, N.C. – A dump truck collided with an Amtrak (search) train Tuesday, which police said caused three cars to derail.
Two fatalities have been reported, according to Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue. Both were passengers in the dump truck, which flipped over on impact.
Officials say nine people have minor injuries.
The train, Train 80 called The Carolinan, was en route from Charlotte to New York and was carrying 220 passengers.
Amtrak has released a statement saying the first car of the train is what struck the dump truck, causing the engine and the first car to be derailed. The train is upright, and the engineer is among those injured, the statement said.
"We've got a small amount of diesel fuel still (spilled) and we are trying to still transport the passengers," said Bryant Woodall, the Raleigh Fire Department's (search) assistant chief.
The incident happened shortly after 12:35 p.m. EDT. Rescue crews on the ground said the dump truck was loaded with gravel.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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