CARY — The condition of a 24-year-old Laurinburg man whose car was hit by an Amtrak passenger train at a Cary railroad crossing has improved to fair, a spokesperson for WakeMed Hospitals said Friday.
Benny Derrick Dimery was taken to the Raleigh hospital Thursday morning after his Mitsubishi Galant was struck on the passenger side by the train, which was estimated to be traveling at 55 mph. He was reported to be in serious condition.
Fair condition, as defined by the hospital, indicates that a patient is conscious but may be uncomfortable, and vital signs are stable and within normal limits.
Dimery’s passenger, Lauren Webb, 21, was killed instantly. According to her obituary in today’s edition, funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Monday.
A spokesperson from the Cary Police Department confirmed Friday that Dimery had attempted to cross the tracks around the lowered crossing arm at Maynard Road near Old Apex Road. It is unclear if Dimery will be charged with a crime.
The last collision between a vehicle and a train in Cary occurred in 2008. No one was injured in that accident.