Norfolk man killed after Amtrak train collides with dump truck

Suffolk Amtrak dump truck crash 2

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — An Amtrak train headed from New York to Norfolk collided with a dump truck Thursday night in downtown Suffolk, leaving one person dead. 

The crash happened just before 8 p.m. at the intersection of East Washington Street and Moore Avenue. Suffolk officials confirmed the driver of the dump truck died in the collision.

The person was identified Friday morning as 61-year-old Karl Alexander Hill, of Norfolk. 

Affected portions of the roadway were reopened Friday, but officials said some closures may continue throughout the day as Suffolk police investigates the crash. 

Residual effects from the collision led Amtrak officials to cancel Train 84 from Norfolk to Washington, D.C. early Friday morning. A tweet from Amtrak said there was no alternate transportation.

Officials say 60 people were onboard the 10-car train and one adult male onboard was taken to the hospital after reporting a minor injury. No other injuries were reported. 

Viewer video sent to 10 On Your Side shows the dump truck with heavy front end damage and firefighters gathered around the wreckage. 

The company name on the side of the dump truck reads “Sheets.” Officials say they’ll release the name of the victim once next of kin have been notified. 

Andre Johnson heard the crash while at work. 

“It sounded more like an explosion,” said Johnson. “When everyone looked out the window, we saw the train continue to move. We heard metal crashing.”

Johnson says he saw police officers at a nearby run to the train tracks.

“My heart kind of dropped to my feet. When you hear a loud noise like that and you see something like that happen. I was thinking somebody was killed on the tracks. Amtrak trains come through here at a high speed. You don’t want to be caught in the impact,” Johnson explained.

Johnson said he will never forget the crash scene.

“I’ve never seen anything like that happen to anyone. I would hate to see something like that happen to anyone. It’s an anxious feeling. When you see someone die right in front of you,” he said.

The Amtrak train didn’t derail, and officials say a bus would take the passengers from Suffolk to the Amtrak station in Norfolk.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. 

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