Train Crash In West Virginia Kills 1 and Injures Several

By: Ellisha Rader Mannering - October 11, 2013

A train crash in West Virginia on Friday, has left one man dead and over 20 other people injured. A logging truck collided with a passenger train, turning over two of the rail cars. Details about the cause of the crash were not available, as the accident is still being investigated.

During the fall, the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad offer scenic tour rides through the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. The Cheat Mountain Salamander, the train involved in the accident is just one of several tourist trains who are operated by the railroad. These tours last 6.5 hours and take passengers to elevations of more than 4,000 feet. The train travels about 25 mph.

Amy Shuler Goodwin, spokeswoman for Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the train had only been on its journey for about 50 minutes when the accident occurred. According to the Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, 24 patients were brought in on a school bus and treated for injuries. Of the 24 injured, three were admitted to the hospital, two in serious condition and one stable. The others were released after being given “comfort care.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved and the emergency responders working the tragic accident in Randolph County this afternoon,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in a statement.

Route 250 over Cheat Mountain was closed after the accident and Department of Environmental Protection crews were on scene, cleaning up a large fuel spill left over from the accident. It was not known if the spill came from the logging truck or the train.

Image from Review Journal.

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  • Katie

    I think it is freaky. Trains are so fast & heavy…a person wouldnt have a chance. I’d rather get hit by a bus. But here’s a coincidence.

    I had nightmares about a man being run over by a train. From the time I was 4 years old, until my 30s, on & off. I never understood it. I was talking to my dad last year & asked him about his family. His moms dad(whom I never met) was run over by a train on his way to work. Tell me that aint crazy. I never understood my fear of trains until he said then.

    • mike

      That is freaky but I think it’s more possible that when you were a child say when you were 4 yrs old.. you might have overheard the story being told by an adult to another adult and it got stored in your memory and later developed into dreams….thats the most practical solution or effect that transpired

  • Bob Hume

    I had heard the the truck driver escaped and the photo showed the train hitting the truck and pipes being scattered. The train appeared to be a freight train and the reporter said it took 1/2 to 1 mile to stop. I’m comfused.