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Amtrak crash: Ignoring warning lights led to crash, alcohol suspected in case

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An Amtrak crash occurred early this morning in Virginia after a man, ignoring the warning lights, drove over train tracks and was slammed by a passing Amtrak train. It is suspected that alcohol is involved in the shocking case, and said to be a real miracle that the drunk driver survived at all, as the Amtrak was flying by at over 80 miles per hour at the moment of impact, WebProNews reveals this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

The Amtrak crash happened in local Waverly, Virginia, after the drunk driver — Untron Drew, a middle-aged man — decided to ignore the crossing safety bar lights that led to the sudden crash. According to a police statement:

“A 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Untron Drew, attempted to drive around a crossing bar, disregarding warning lights and functional crossing bar,” Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt Michelle Anaya wrote in an email. “Mr. Drew has been med flighted to VCU, in Richmond, with non-life threatening injuries.”

Incredibly, the injuries that the man sustained from the Amtrak crash were deemed not fatal, though it is strongly suspected that alcohol played a role in the driver’s decision to ignore the warnings not to cross the tracks at that point in time. And at roughly 80 miles an hour and an utterly totaled vehicle, it is truly incredible to see the man leave the site alive and relatively well. However, one Waverly witness did come to police saying that there were some functioning issues with that particular Amtrak pass’ railroad crossing arm.

A full investigation into exactly what happened at the Amtrak crash site is underway by local police force teams.

The train’s passengers fortunately were not injured in the crash, and the train itself was not derailed. It was on its current way to Boston, and there was a just under 2 hour delay.



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