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Early Sunday, around 2:30 a.m., Hardeeville emergency officials responded to an accident on the railroad tracks at Church Road.
A vacant car was sitting at the intersection of the tracks and road when an Amtrak train heading southbound, carrying 400 passengers, collided with the car, Hardeeville officials said. The car was cut in two and the collision ignited a fire. A portion of the vehicle was dragged to the industrial park crossing.
The city of Hardeeville said police charged Tangela Leshay Bowman of Beaufort with driving under the influence and violation of a beginners permit. The passenger in the vehicle was not charged, a city of Hardeeville news release said.
Bowman and the passenger were not injured.
According to the city’s reports, Bowman attempted to make a U-turn on the tracks and the car got stuck. Both passengers abandoned the car.
One passenger on the Amtrak suffered an asthma attack and was taken to the hospital. The asthma attack could have been caused by fumes from the fire, the city’s release said.
The train did not derail, but the train suffered approximately $100,000 worth of damage.
The tracks were cleared and reopened by 6 a.m.