A train crash turned a fall foliage train ride into a tragedy leaving one dead and 24 people injured after a logging truck collided with a train on Friday. This scenic West Virginia train trip that weaved through the autumn mountainside for 88 miles came to a screeching halt with passenger cars overturning and logs spilling across the track, according to Fox News on Oct. 11, 2013.
Original reports put as many as 60 injured, but only 24 needed medical attention. Three people were admitted into the hospital with two in serious condition and one listed as stable. People were taken to the hospital on a bus, with minor injuries and ambulances transported the more serious injuries.
The Durbin & Greebrier Railroad train excursion is a popular leaf peeping destination. It is a six and a half hour trip that reaches an elevation of 4,000-feet. The train ride covers 88 miles of rural mountainside at the average speed of 25 mph. The accident occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the point where the tracks cross U.S. 250 at the top of the mountain.
This autumn foliage ride follows a river, goes through a tunnel carved into the mountainside and provides a day of some of the best leaf peeping in the nation. This is a popular destination for tourists in the fall.