Rescue crews search Yadkin River for car struck by train

Published 11:59 pm Friday, January 14, 2022

SPENCER — Firefighters and rescue crews searched under the U.S. 29 bridge at the Rowan-Davidson county line Friday night for signs of a car struck by a Norfolk Southern train.

First responders were called to the scene around 9 p.m. because Norfolk Southern crews reported striking a car on the railroad bridge. After the collision, the car reportedly fell into the Yadkin River.

On the tracks, Norfolk Southern workers found a burgundy-colored piece of metal. Around 11:30 p.m., divers were preparing to enter the river after the search revealed a potential vehicle, but Rowan County Emergency Services Chief Allen Cress said divers didn’t find anything. It’s not clear if any people were inside the vehicle when it was struck.

Firefighters from Millers Ferry and the Salisbury fire departments, the Rowan County Rescue Squad as well as the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office used boats to search for the vehicle. They used flashlights, long poles to prod for signs of a vehicle and sonar.

Cress said the train collision occurred in Davidson County’s jurisdiction. That means Davidson County crews will handle any additional searches for the vehicle, he said. The Lexington Dispatch reported the search will not resume until at least Tuesday.