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5 NEWS UPDATE: Truck Driver Killed, Dozens Injured in Train Wreck
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 14, 2013 @ 10:43AM
Created on October 11, 2013 @ 2:21PM


5 NEWS UPDATE (9:05 PM):

It appears that the logging truck showed no signs of braking before colliding into the passenger train Friday afternoon. Police said it is too early in the investigation to know if the truck driver suffered a medical condition. State, federal, and local police are all participating in the investigation.

There was a total of 63 passengers and four crew members on the train, all of which were taken to Davis Memorial Hospital in West Virginia after the crash. Some people were able to walk out of the train, while others had to be rescued. Three people were admitted to Davis. One there is in stable condition while two are in serious condition.

Four people were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, where three are in serious and one is in stable condition. There is no word on what type of injuries they sustained.

The owner of the train called 911 after the crash. Emergency services came to the scene from Randolph, Webster, and Pocahontas counties.

Route 250 near the Cheat Mountain Bridge is still closed, but officials said they hope to open it again sometime on Saturday.

5 NEWS UPDATE (5:17 PM):

The driver of truck carrying logs down Cheat Mountain was killed when his truck crashed into the side of a tourist train at a rail crossing on U.S. Route 250 afternoon according to the Pocahontas Times.
They are reporting that Danny Kimble, of Durbin, was killed when his truck slammed into the side of the Cheat Mountain Salamander, a tourist train operated by the West Virginia Central Railroad, out of Elkins.

5 NEWS UPDATE (4:14 PM):

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - An emergency services official says one person was killed and more than 60 others were injured in a collision between a logging truck and a train taking passengers on a scenic tour in eastern West Virginia.
Randolph County emergency services director Jim Wise says at least three people were critically hurt.
Wise says 21 were taken to a local hospital by ambulance and 45 others were taken there by bus with lesser injuries.
Pocahontas County emergency services director Shawn Dunbrack said two passenger cars on the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad train overturned in the accident at 1:30 p.m. Friday along U.S. Route 250 near the Pocahontas-Randolph county line.
Media outlets are reporting that medical helicopters are not available due to weather.  Showshoe Resort has reportedly sent vehicles with equipment to assist.  Heavy machinery is also being brought in to help clear the scene.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued the following statement Friday afternoon regarding this accident:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved and the emergency responders working the tragic accident in Randolph County this afternoon," said Gov. Tomblin.  "My administration is working with all agencies involved to ensure the first responders and emergency managers on the ground are receiving the assistance they need."   

5 NEWS UPDATE (3:44 PM):

An accident involving a logging truck and a train at a crossing along Route 250 has left one person dead and dozens more injured.  MetroNews is reporting that Randolph County Office of Emergency Services Director Jim Wise says “somewhere between 50 to 60 people are slightly injured to injured and three are critical.”
MetroNews goes on to report that Wise says 21 people have been taken to hospitals by ambulance while another 30 people, who were not seriously injured, were going to be transported by bus.

5 NEWS UPDATE (3:28 PM):

According to The Inter-Mountain one person is dead and several individuals are injured after a logging truck smashed into a train along Cheat Mountain.
Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad Owner John Smith confirmed to The Inter-Mountain that a logging truck failed to stop at the crossing and smashed into the side of the train.
5 News has a reporter on scene, but there is limited reception.  We will bring you updates as soon as they are available.

5 NEWS UPDATE (3:00 PM):

CHEAT BRIDGE, W.Va. (AP) - An emergency services official says a truck has collided with a scenic railway train in eastern West Virginia, and an undetermined number of people have been injured.
Pocahontas County emergency services director Shawn Dunbrack says two passenger cars on the train overturned in the accident at 1:30 p.m. Friday along U.S. Route 250 near Cheat Bridge near the Pocahontas-Randolph county line.
Dunbrack says the rail cars are operated by the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad.
State police responded to the accident. A call to a state police spokesman wasn't immediately returned, and a call to the railroad was referred to owner John Smith, who was out of the office and not immediately available.


Around 1:45 pm, a logging truck crashed into a train in Huttonsville on Route 250. EMS is on scene and reporting to 5 News that there are at least 12 patients, three of which are critically injured. We have a reporter in route. Stick with 5 News for the latest details.

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Comments (5)
Oct 15, 2013 at 7:29 AM
I see people are taking advantage of this accident and spreading more lies about truckers. Wonder what you'd do without all these truckers? Wait until Obama finally succeeds in removing the trucking industry like the coal industry.....then you can go grocery shopping and see empty shelves. Most truckers I know are good drivers.....wrecks on highways are mainly due to ignorant people in cars 'pulling out' in front of them while they are doing 75 mph and thinking a huge truck can stop asap. I see THIS daily! It's ignorant drivers that cause most of these wrecks not the truckers. The radical little minions on the left just doing their part to help bring America down to her knees. Lying just shows us who you are; the investigation will show what happened. The other morons making crap up? They'll disappear as they always do; until the next 'opportunity' to crawl out of the woodwork.
Oct 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM
I don't know if the truck driver had a medical problem, but I do know that the logging trucks have little regard for the speed limit. When we lived in Frank, I had to park along hwy. 250 to unload my car when I bought groceries. The trucks never slowed down and often threw rocks and other debris all over me and my car while it was being unloaded. It was well off the highway. I reported the speeding trucks to the Sheriff's office, but absolutely nothing was done. Maybe now, they will see fit to try to enforce the speed limits for everyone, even the big trucks.
Oct 11, 2013 at 8:32 PM
What is sad is that the signals dont give you enough time to get stopped!!
Oct 11, 2013 at 5:18 PM
The train involved in the incident was the Cheat Mt. Salamander, not the New Tygart Flyer train. The New Tygart Flyer does not travel to where the accident happened.
Oct 11, 2013 at 3:11 PM
The InterMountain is reporting that 3 of the 12 injured are critical condition and one person is pronounced dead. They also reported that the driver of logging truck failed to stop at the railroad signal. Hopefully no other deaths. Prayers for family of the injured. Horrible and all people have to do is STOP at the signals. This was preventable. Sad.
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