UPDATE: Victim ID'ed in train collision

Jan. 25, 2013 @ 01:55 PM

The driver of a car trying to cross a set of railroad tracks in east High Point early Friday morning was killed when his vehicle was struck by a passenger train.
Traffic along Kivett Drive near the U.S. 311 interchange and Pendleton Street was detoured for several hours as law enforcement officers and emergency service personnel responded to the scene. The wreck happened in an industrial park area.
A 2010 Toyota Corolla was traveling south on Pendleton toward E Kivett. The vehicle was stopped at the grade crossing as a freight train, traveling west, passed the railroad crossing, said police Lt. B.W. Roberts.
The railroad crossing arms were down and functioning properly, police say.
“Once the freight train passed the crossing, the driver of the Toyota attempted to drive around the crossing arms,” Roberts said. “An Amtrak train was traveling east and was approaching this crossing when the Toyota started around the crossing arms. The freight train may have obstructed the vision of the vehicle driver, preventing him from seeing the approaching Amtrak train.”
The driver of the car, the only passenger in the Toyota, died when the passenger train struck the vehicle. High Point police identified the driver as Dy Vongdara, 34, of High Point. He was listed dead at the scene.
“We think he was coming from work on third shift from Mannington Wood Floors,” Capt. Mike Kirk told The High Point Enterprise.
Roberts said that no one else was injured and no other vehicles were involved. No charges are pending in the incident, and no alcoholic beverages were involved, police say.

 

Traffic along Kivett Drive at U.S. 311 and Pendleton Street is back open this morning after an early Friday morning train wreck that killed one person.

The High Point Police Department reports that a passenger train struck a car shortly after 3 a.m.

The wreck happened on Pendleton St. near E. Kivett Dr. The roadway was blocked for several hours early Friday as law enforcement and emergency medical crews responded

"A 2010 Toyota Corolla was traveling south on Pendleton St. toward E Kivett Dr," police said in statement. "The vehicle was occupied by the driver only. The vehicle was stopped at the grade crossing as a freight train, traveling west, passed by. Once the freight train passed the crossing, the driver of the Toyota attempted to drive around the crossing arms.

"An Amtrak train was traveling east and was approaching this crossing when the Toyota started around the crossing arms. The freight train may have obstructed the vision of the vehicle driver, preventing him from seeing the approaching Amtrak train. The vehicle driver was killed at the scene," police said.