Amtrak Train Carrying Over 200 Strikes Car in Cumberland


Published 10/17 2013 06:36AM

Updated 10/17 2013 11:47AM

CUMBERLAND, Md. - It was a scary situation at the CSX railroad tracks in Cumberland Wednesday evening. Shortly after 7 p.m., city police and the Cumberland Fire Department responded to reports of an Amtrak Train carrying over 200 people from D.C. to Chicago striking a car on the tracks.

Upon arrival officers found a car with extensive damage on the tracks.

An investigation revealed that Raymond Lewis of Cumberland drove his vehicle into the railroad yard and entered an unauthorized access road which was blocked by gates.

His car became stuck in gravel, disabling it on the tracks as an oncoming train approached. 

Lewis was able to get out of the car in time, but the vehicle was struck by the train.

He was cited for trespassing and issued a traffic citation for disobeying access restrictions. Lewis was released pending trial at the Allegany County District Court.

There were no injuries in the incident.

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