A man suffered only minor injuries after the truck he was driving was struck by an Amtrak passenger train in New Kent County.

Virginia State Police responded at 11:16 a.m. Friday to the 13700 block of Rockahock Road, which is just off U.S. Route 60.

A Ford work truck hauling a trailer, driven by a 30-year-old Essex County man, was heading south through a railroad crossing on Rockahock Road when it was struck by an Amtrak passenger train traveling east.

The train hit the truck toward the rear on the passenger side and rolled it onto its roof, police said.

The train did not derail but was temporarily disabled, police said. A mobile home and another vehicle nearby were damaged by flying debris.

The driver of the truck was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. None of the 80 people on the train, including four crew members, was hurt, police said.

The railroad crossing does not have emergency equipment, but there are stop signs on either side of the crossing.

Charges are pending, police said, and the crash remains under investigation. CSX personnel were assisting with the investigation.

In August, an SUV was hit by an Amtrak train carrying 137 passengers in New Kent. No one was injured in that incident.

In January 2018, one person died and four were injured when an Amtrak train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to West Virginia hit a garbage truck while it was crossing tracks in Crozet, about 15 miles west of Charlottesville.

In July 2017, a Henrico County man was killed when his Ford Taurus was hit by a train in the 1700 block of Broad Rock Boulevard.


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