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The Latest: Rail Crossing at Crash Site Has Warning Signals

Jan 31, 2018
Train tracks, train
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Updated at 4:02 p.m.

The railroad crossing where a train carrying Republican lawmakers struck a trash truck is equipped with two advance warning signs, two roadway gate arms, two mast-mounted flashing lights and a bell to warn of an approaching train.

Those details are included in a U.S. Department of Transportation Inventory Form dated Jan. 3 describing the warning system at the crossing near Crozet, Virginia.


Police are investigating the death of a Raleigh County man who was hit by a Norfolk Southern Railroad train.

 The Raleigh County Sheriff's Department reports 49-year-old Ricky Lee Gray of Eccles,WV was killed on impact.

The accident occurred around 12:30 Sunday afternoon near the town of Surveyor.

Police say the engineer attempted to warn Gray and tried to stop the train, which consisted of six locomotives.

 Norfolk Southern Railroad Police are assisting the sheriff's department in the investigation.

Glen McCoy

KIMBALL, W.Va. (AP) — Hazardous material crews are cleaning up following a trail derailment.

Officials say at least 16 cars of the Norfolk Southern train derailed around 8:30 a.m. Friday in an area of McDowell County along U.S. Route 52. No evacuations were ordered and there were no injuries.

The train has five locomotives and 111 cars and is about 7,000 feet long. It was headed from Bellevue, Ohio to Linwood, N.C.

State emergency officials say booms are in place to prevent the tar leaking from a ruptured tanker car from going any farther down into Elkhorn Creek.

A train derailed in McDowell County this morning. At least seventeen cars were involved, including two tankers cars. One of them is in Elkhorn Creek.

Train-Truck collision fatality ID'd

Oct 12, 2013
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Authorities have identified the driver who died after his logging truck collided with a passenger train at a crossing in West Virginia.

Update: October 14, 2013:

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Update: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 9:12 p.m.

Tracy Fath, Director of Marketing and Communications for Davis Health systems reports that 23 individuals have received treatment at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, W.Va.: