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Car slides into path of Amtrak train

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WEST HARTFORD, Vt. -

"He was out of the vehicle standing there waiting for our arrival," said Hartford Fire Captain Raymond Bushey.

Authorities say it was amazing 73 year old Thomas Hunt was nothing more than a little dazed after his car was broad sided by an Amtrak train. They say just before 11 o'clock he was approaching this un gated crossing on the Sharhart Road on the West Hartford/Sharon town line when he tried to stop for the train he saw coming towards him.

"So the driver of the vehicle was coming down the hill, slid on some ice and into the path of the oncoming train," said Hartford police officer Jason Pedro.

The train struck the Hunt's 2010 Hyundai Accent near the back passenger tire, throwing it nearly 50 feet. It came to rest at the bottom of an embankment.

"We were able to obtain the train had been traveling just over 50 mph when the accident occurred," said Bushey.

The White River Junction man, who was wearing his seatbelt, was transported to the hospital with a back injury. He is expected to be ok.

"It is amazing he is able to be hit by a train going over 50 mph and to only have the minor injuries that he had, it's a testament to the construction of new cars," said Bushey.

60 people were onboard the Amtrak train. They were all ok. The train was on its way south again about an hour after the accident. 

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