Police: Car Driver Might Have Bypassed Crossing Arm In Fatal Train Crash

Police in Cary say the driver of the car hit by an Amtrak train last week might have bypassed the crossing arm.

Witnesses say they saw the Mitsubishi Gallant on the tracks before it was hit by a train around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The driver of the car, 24-year-old Benny Dimery, was injured in the collision. Dimery's girlfriend, 22-year-old Lauren Webb, was killed. They're both from Laurinburg.

Dimery is still in the hospital. Police say the train was heading north at 55 miles an hour at the time of the collision.

A woman is dead and a man seriously injured after their car was struck by an Amtrak train.

Town of Cary spokeswoman Susan Moran says the accident occurred Thursday morning at a rail crossing on Southwest Maynard Road. The woman was declared dead at the scene. A man pulled from the wreckage was transported to WakeMed in Raleigh.

Their names have not yet been released.

The northbound Silver Star was heading inbound to Cary's Amtrak station on a route between Miami, Fla., and New York City. Moran says none of the 291 passengers on board the train was injured.

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