Durham County

Train hits car in Durham

A car collided with a train near the Brenntag Southeast chemical distribution plant on East Pettigrew St. in Durham on Wednesday, July 19.
A car collided with a train near the Brenntag Southeast chemical distribution plant on East Pettigrew St. in Durham on Wednesday, July 19. Courtesy of Nofolk Southern

A car was hit by a freight train shortly before 11 a.m. at the intersection of East Pettigrew and South Driver streets Wednesday morning.

The train was pulling out of Brenntag Southeast chemical distribution plant on an exit track, preparing to cross East Pettigrew Street onto the main track, when it struck the car.

A Durham police officer at the scene said the train was moving slowly but still could not promptly stop.

“The engine pushed the vehicle about a quarter-mile down the tracks,” said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

The car’s driver was able to get out of the car before the vehicle was totaled, said police spokesman Wil Glenn.

“The driver of the vehicle was able to get out and suffered some cuts on his arm,” Michael said. “No one on the train was injured.”

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks

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