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5 NEWS UPDATE: U.S Route 250 Reopened, Name of Driver Released in Fatal Log Truck, Train Accident
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on October 12, 2013 @ 5:36PM
Created on October 12, 2013 @ 11:27PM

UPDATE 10/12/13:

The Randolph County Sheriff's Department has identified the driver of the truck in Friday's fatal train accident as Danny Lee Kimble, Sr. of Bartow. His wife told 5 News that he was 38-years-old.

The sheriff's department also said U.S. Route 250 has reopened to traffic.

ORIGINAL STORY 10/11/13:

The driver of a logging truck was killed Friday when the truck he was in slammed into a Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad train along Route 250 near the Randolph-Pocahontas county line.

Emergency responders from Randolph, Webster and Pocahontas counties rushed to the scene.

The Pocahontas Times reported that Danny Kimble, of Durbin, was the man killed.

What was meant to be a scenic train tour of Randolph County took a tragic turn just before 1:30 Friday afternoon. That's when a logging truck, owned by H&H Fisher LLC, slammed into two of the passenger cars, knocking them off the track near Route 250 at the Cheat Bridge.

"Two of the passenger cars flipped over on their side and received extensive damage. The log truck was listed as a total loss. The driver, and the only occupant of the truck, was pronounced dead on scene," said Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady.

There were 63 passengers on the train, known as the Cheat Mountain Salamander, as well as four crew members. They were all taken to Davis Memorial Hospital. Three were admitted there and four were transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital. As of Friday night, two were in serious condition and one in stable at Davis. Three were in serious at Ruby and one was listed in stable. There's no word on what type of injuries they suffered.

"The railroad crossing signals were flashing at the scene," said Sheriff Brady.

So there's one question everyone wants answered.

"How did that even happen?" asked Sarah Burger, from Belington.

"How did you not notice a train?" asked Caitlin Freeman, another Belington resident.

Police said it's too early in the investigation to know exactly what happened.

"It appears that the log truck had ran through the crossing signals and struck the passenger cars of the train. No braking was observed at the scene or noted," described Sheriff Brady.

A medical examiner has been called. Local, state and federal investigators are all working on this crash. While they still have a lot of work, there is one thing everyone is grateful for.

"I'm very surprised we didn't have more fatalities, more serious injuries," said Sheriff Brady.

Route 250 was still closed Friday night and is expected to be closed into Saturday. Crews are hoping to have the area cleaned at some point Saturday so they can let traffic back through that area.

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