A loaded log truck collided with a train on Cheat Mountain near the Randolph and Pocahontas county line around 1:30 p.m. last Friday, October 11th. The collision was caused when a log truck failed to stop at the U.S. Route 250 crossing at Cheat Bridge on Cheat Mountain and hit a train with people on board.
Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady said two of the train’s passenger cars flipped on their sides after impact at a rail crossing with a mountain highway, the log truck was rendered a “total loss” and the truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The train was carrying 63 passengers and 4 crew members on a scenic leaf-viewing circuit in West Virginia’s mountains. The truck driver, Danny Lee Kimble Sr. of Bartow, WV, was the single fatality while 23 others were injured. At least six of the injured were hospitalized in serious condition after the accident, and as of Thursday, October 17, 2013 two still remained hospitalized.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) is currently conducting an investigation into the cause of the collision and will reconstruct the weight of the logging truck to help determine how the accident occurred. However, the cab of the truck suffered severe damage and therefore PSC may not be able to reconstruct the brakes. According to according to Lawrence Messina, of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, the truck was inspected two days before the crash and he said nothing was cited on the truck during the inspection.
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