A rail car carrying NCSU’s freight transportation service derailed near the NC State Capitol building in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday, leaving three people dead and nearly 100 injured.
The train derailed near Raleigh State Capitol and was carrying NC State University students on a two-hour trip from Raleigh to Chapel Hill, N,C., officials said.
The NCSU is investigating.
The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. as the train was heading north on Interstate 35 near the state Capitol.
About a dozen people were on the train and a few cars were damaged.
The trains’ speed was estimated to be 60 mph.
The Amtrak train was carrying about 200 students on the trip, including NC State students, the school said.
Train was not equipped with a power-operated brake system, the university said.
Authorities said the train, which was carrying more than 600 passengers, was traveling at 60 mph when it derailed.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those who were on board,” said NCSU President Joseph C. Stegeman in a statement.
The crash comes amid a growing trend of deadly derailments and train accidents involving freight train lines. “
While our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragedy, we also have to recognize that the safety and security of our students, staff, and students-at-large is of the utmost importance to us.”
The crash comes amid a growing trend of deadly derailments and train accidents involving freight train lines.
Last month, Amtrak announced it was closing the first three routes of the Northeast Corridor’s Northeast Corridor Rail, which connects Washington, D.C. and Boston with New York City, for two months.
A similar train disaster in April caused about 200 injuries, including at least two people killed.
Amtrak officials said the company is planning to reopen the Northeast Track through the end of the year.
The Northeast Corridor runs from New York to Boston and New Jersey.
In July, Amtrak said it had shut down four of its tracks in the Northeast for repairs after a train derailment in the Connecticut state line.