A local pastor and his wife have died after they drove across railroad tracks into the path of an Amtrak train.
Eugene and Dorothy Lyons, both in their 60s, were in the SUV which was spotted driving around a crossing barrier near Whitakers in rural North Carolina.
It is understood Mrs Lyons was driving the car, which was left mangled by the impact which killed the couple at the scene in Nash County.
Whitakers Police Chief Darrell Cofield told CBS North Carolina it wasn’t clear why the driver decided to go around the crossing arm.
Witnesses saw the horror crash unfold but could do nothing to stop the devastation.
Cofield, who knew the couple personally, said: ‘It bothered me because growing up here I’ve seen train wrecks before, it really touches close to home with people who grew up with and know.’
Around 120 passengers were on the train, but none were injured.
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Source: Daily Mail