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40 hurt as train smashes into lorry

An Amtrak commuter train has collided with a lorry stuck on the tracks in North Carolina injuring more than 40 passengers.

Transport department officials said 25 people were taken to Halifax Regional Medical Centre by bus and around 15 others by ambulance after the collision, which happened about noon.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. A bus was transporting another 173 passengers who were not injured to Richmond, Virginia.

Halifax County law enforcement officials said the collision toppled the engine onto its side. They said the first two cars of the train toppled after the crash.

The second car that derailed was a baggage car.

An eyewitness said the lorry driver was trying to make a difficult right-hand turn when the vehicle got stuck. The driver jumped out of the lorry before the crash.

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