updated 5/13/2010 1:16:01 PM ET 2010-05-13T17:16:01

A commuter train with 36 passengers on board has derailed in North Carolina, injuring at least 13 people and setting the locomotive and a train car on fire.

Authorities say the train struck a trailer at a crossing shortly after 8 a.m. The train, which runs daily between Charlotte and Raleigh, is operated by Amtrak and owned by the state.

The accident is expected to disrupt long-distance service between Charlotte and New York through Friday. Passengers are being bused around the accident scene.

Amtrak said in a news release that 12 passengers and one crew member were injured and taken to hospitals.

A spokeswoman for the N.C. Rail Division said the crossing in the town of Mebane has a gate with flashing lights that was working at the time of the derailment.

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