- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MEBANE, N.C. (AP) - Police in Mebane say a woman was killed when her van was hit by an Amtrak passenger train.

A statement from police say the Piedmont passenger train was traveling west when it hit the van between the crossing arms at a railroad crossing around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The woman was identified as 80-year-old Doris Miles Pinnix of Burlington. Authorities say she was the only one in the van.

The Times-News of Burlington reports that witnesses say the van was stuck between the guardrails at the crossing as the train approached, and that two men went to the vehicle to tell the woman to get out, but she didn’t move.

No one aboard the train was hurt.


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