Train strikes vehicle stuck on railroad

A Norfolk Southern train crashed into a 2004 Chevy Tahoe after the driver failed to stop for a railroad signal.

A vehicle was struck by an oncoming train early this morning after getting stuck on the tracks.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., a 2004 Chevy Tahoe was struck by Norfolk Southern train on North Queen St. in Kinston.

The driver, Walter R. Hill, was traveling southbound when witnesses said he drove onto the tracks as the stop arms were lowering.

The stop arm was the first to strike the vehicle. The westbound train then struck the vehicle on the drivers side front quarter panel.

Hill was transported to UNC Lenoir for the treatment of a cut on his right arm. His injuries are minor.

The stopped train blocked several intersections for a little over an hour.

Hill was charged for failure to stop for a railroad signal.

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