Officials Plan Staged Train Crash Near Rocky Mount

Highway Patrol says two agencies will stage a train vs. vehicle collision in Nash County near Rocky Mount.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Rail Division and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will film their response to create a training video to be used for emergency responders throughout the state.

“Investigating a train and vehicle collision is quite different than investigating a vehicle on vehicle collision,” said Paul Worley, NCDOT’s Rail Division Engineering and Safety Manager. “Safety is our number one concern for all who respond to train collisions. But we can be safe, while recognizing the best ways allow trains to leave the scene quickly so that tracks are clear to transport goods and services as well as people.”

The video shoot will take place Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17 at the crossing on East Old Spring Hope Road and Eggers Road, which is near Eastern Avenue and Nash Community College.


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  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2011 at 08:22 PM
    I'm about as far from liberal democrat as you can be, but I WILL always defend our local law enforcement. Don't really see how you think liberal's and LEO's coincide anyway?! Maybe you are the confused one here. How on earth did a story about trains turn into a liberal vs conservative match anyway?
  • by Lubba Location: Yep on May 15, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    We could get Bush, Basnight, Purdue, and Obama to go to Rocky Mount..........Now that's a train wreck
  • by Anti-Negative on May 15, 2011 at 06:01 AM
    I hate reading negative comments on here with our law enforcement and state. Especially with regards to safety. These officers and officials are not out to get you. Let's see who you call when you get in an accident or have a problem. Let me say to the negative people, I do hope you get hit by a train and live in pain for the rest of your life. You're probably unemployed and jealous of everyone else's jobs anyway and spend all of your time up here commenting on news stories. What a bunch of sorry people. You have no class.
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      by Lubba on May 15, 2011 at 07:19 AM in reply to Anti-Negative
      Well said by a typical extreme to the left liberal democrat......Your just 1 reason why this country is broke
  • by Kevin Location: cyberspace on May 15, 2011 at 03:00 AM
    Seems like the money would be better spent by requiring the railroads to put proper, working crossing warnings and bars at all intersections instead of just where they feel like it. Prevention is always better than cleanup.
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      by Actually... on May 15, 2011 at 09:27 AM in reply to Kevin
      Its the state who decides to put the signals and cross warnings at the intersections. Just saying...
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        by Anonymous on May 15, 2011 at 01:36 PM in reply to Actually...
        But the train companies do make recommendations...and pressure municipalities to put those signals and cross warnings in (at the expense of the town). It is actually up to whoever is in control of that particular crossing...be it state, town, or county...not the "state".
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          by So glad you know on May 16, 2011 at 04:25 AM in reply to
          Actually it is the state!! And the train companies can make all the recommendations it wants to, doesn't mean they are going to get it!!! Do you actually work for a "train company" lol?
  • by Rocky Mount, Perfect! on May 15, 2011 at 01:57 AM
    They'll have several people looting to make it realistic..."hey, did we hire that guy?"
  • by GUMBY on May 14, 2011 at 08:54 PM
    Just wait the real thing will happen sooner or later. Save money.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on May 14, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    Training is always good. But I bet the train wins.
  • by david on May 14, 2011 at 04:48 PM
    hey anonymous, what if that is you one day that is hit by a train. Wouldn't you like to know that first responders train for emergencies to get people like you out.
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      by Dummie on May 15, 2011 at 04:29 AM in reply to david
      Why dont you volunteer to be the crash test dummie instead? Really help this wasteful spending experiment. Sit in the car & film it for them.
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        by Anonymous on May 15, 2011 at 08:36 AM in reply to Dummie
        hey dummie, I really don't think you get the picture of the state helping our first responders. If you think it's wasteful spending go right ahead and think of it that way. Everyone has their opinion. But just remember who it is that could come to your rescue one day if you do need help.
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2011 at 03:36 PM
    This is great timing! Spend money on a video to train responders for a vehicle/train accident. Give me a break! What a waste of time and resources. NC DOT and Highway Patrol, you are next in line for the budget cuts. Should have been first. Of course public safety is first and foremost on my mind...right behind generating revenue.
  • by train rider Location: down east on May 14, 2011 at 02:34 PM
    can the public watch the watch the video shoot
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