CARY — A Laurinburg woman was killed and her boyfriend injured this morning when their car was hit by an Amtrak passenger train at a Cary rail crossing, officials told multiple news sources in the Raleigh area today.
Lauren Webb, 21, was killed instantly. Benny Derrick Dimery, 24, of Old Maxton Road in Laurinburg, remains in serious condition at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh.
Lt. Steve Wilkins of the Cary Police Department told WRAL that according to witness accounts, Dimery attempted to drive his Mitsubishi Galant around the lowered crossing arm on Maynard Road, near Old Apex Road, when the northbound train hit the passenger side of the car.
The train was estimated to be traveling at 55 mph.
The collision happened just before 11:30 a.m. According to the Cary News, more than 200 passengers were on the train, which did not derail and resumed its path at about 2:15 p.m.
Maynard Road, from Old Apex Road to West Chatham Street, was closed for more than three hours during the investigation.
Wilkins told WRAL that Webb and Dimery were a couple.
According to Webb and Dimery’s Facebook pages, they both graduated from Scotland High School and Dimery studied at Robeson Community College. Dimery works in Rowland and has a young daughter.
Webb would have celebrated her 22nd birthday Saturday, Wilkins told the Cary News. On Thursday night, a photo of her with the words “RIP Lauren, God needed an Angel” was circulating on Facebook.
Calls to the Cary Police Department on Thursday were not returned. The Laurinburg Exchange will update this story as information becomes available.