Train crash are two words that never bear good news in national headlines. A deadly collision occurred this Friday in West Virginia, leaving 20 victims hurt and one man dead. The injured were riding in a passenger train that is believed to have struck a logging truck, derailing the rail car, Web Pro News reports this Friday, Oct. 11, though details about the accident are still being examined by officials.
The train crash has not yet had a cause confirmed, though the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad was the company operating the train involved in the sudden collision. The railroad offers the public beautiful scenic tours and train riders through West Virginia to see the Allegheny Mountains, often lasting over six hours and traveling about 25 mph over 4,000 feet in elevation. It was the Cheat Mountain Salamander that was the specific passenger train that was derailed with the logging truck.
Over 20 people were hurt in the train crash (most being minor injuries), and one man died in the deadly accident, say early reports. A spokeswoman for West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, has noted that the train was traveling for less than an hour when the collision took place. According to a local medical report, 24 patients had been rushed in on an available school bus in order for their injuries to be medically treated. Of those two dozen victims, three were admitted to the hospital for further help, while two were said to be in serious condition.
The other train passengers were only said to require routine “comfort care,” while one man died from his injuries suffered in the train’s derailment and impact.
“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 on Friday.
A massive fuel spill resulted from the train crash, though the fuel spill has not been identified as coming from the train or the logging truck at this point in time. Route 250 above West Virginia’s Cheat Mountain was temporarily closed for cleanup and protection crews to make safe the accident scene.