Fatal Car-Train Collision on Highway 555 near Raton

A red car traveling northbound on Highway 555 collided with a southbound Amtrak train near Raton, New Mexico, on Monday, July 1st, 2024, in a horrifying incident that claimed the life of the car’s driver.

The accident, reported at around 10:55 am, sent shockwaves through the local community according to the source krtnradio

Emergency personnel rushed to the scene and swiftly extricated the sole occupant of the car, a single male driver.

Despite their prompt response and the driver’s transport to Miners Colfax Medical Center for treatment, the driver’s injuries proved fatal.

While the cause of the collision remains under investigation by the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office, they have promised to release updates as their investigation unfolds.

This tragic event serves as a harsh reminder of the importance of road safety and the need for heightened caution when approaching railroad crossings.

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Thankfully, the Amtrak train itself sustained minimal damage. After a thorough inspection by BNSF personnel, the train was deemed operational.

However, as of 3:30 pm, it remained on the tracks awaiting final clearance to resume its journey towards its designated destination.

Passengers onboard likely experienced delays due to the accident, and some may have required support from emergency services in the aftermath of the collision.

The Colfax County Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information regarding the accident to come forward. Their investigation will determine the cause of the collision and help to prevent similar tragedies on Raton’s roadways in the future.

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