SMITHFIELD, N.C. — An Amtrak train derailed when it struck a truck-trailer that had shifted on a passing freight train early Monday morning, killing the engineer and injuring more than 350 passengers.
"We felt a tremendous bump," said Dick Hutchinson of Wilton, Conn. "I started to slide out of my seat under the seat in front of me. Then we felt two more thuds."
Hutchinson was among many of the 438 people aboard who suffered minor injuries; he skinned his knees. About 75 people were treated at Johnston Memorial Hospital and seven were taken to Duke University Medical Center.
Killed was assistant engineer Brooks Woodward, 41, of Laurinburg, Amtrak President Thomas M. Downs said. Engineer William Black of Leland was in serious condition with broken legs and a concussion, a hospital spokeswoman said.