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UPDATE: Train Tour Cancelled after Fatal Collision

UPDATE 10/15/13
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ & Metro News) -- A company has cancelled passenger train tours after a fatal collision.

A logging truck crashed into the side of a train called "The Cheat Salamander" on Friday afternoon in Randolph County, West Virginia.

The driver of the truck died. Nearly two dozen people on the train were injured.

The train company has decided to cancel trips on the train for the rest of the year. Company officials say they will be calling people who have already booked reservations and give them options for a refund, or to book a trip on another train.

The company said it will still have its popular Polar Express trip that happens around Christmas.



UPDATE 10/14/13 @ 1 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A state agency spokesman says a logging truck that collided with a sightseeing train in West Virginia was inspected about two days prior to the accident and no problems were found.

Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says the truck's cab was severely damaged. That will make it difficult to reconstruct the brakes to determine whether they were a factor.

The truck's driver was killed and 23 people were injured when the collision occurred on Cheat Mountain on Friday.

Messina said Monday that four people remained hospitalized as of Sunday night.

The Public Service Commission is investigating the accident because it involved a logging truck.

Messina says the accident didn't meet the National Transportation Safety Board's criteria for investigating during the partial government shutdown.



UPDATE 10/11/13 @ 10:05 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Authorities say the driver of a loaded log truck that collided with a train carrying 63 passengers and four crew members on a West Virginia sightseeing trip is the lone fatality in an accident that hurt 23 others.

Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady said two of the train's passenger cars flipped on their sides after impact, the log truck was a "total loss" and its driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tracy Fath, a spokeswoman for Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, provided audio of Brady's joint news conference with hospital officials to The Associated Press.

She said six of the 23 injured were admitted to hospitals in serious condition and two in stable condition.



UPDATE 10/11/13 @ 8:05 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Authorities say a logging truck collided with a train taking passengers on a tour amid fall foliage in the West Virginia mountains, killing one person and injuring 24 people Friday.

A preliminary toll of more than 60 injured initially reported by authorities following the accident was revised downward by a hospital official, Tracy Fath.

She told The Associated Press Friday evening that dozens brought to a hospital by bus were found unhurt though an official earlier reported they had lesser injuries.

The cause of the accident between the truck and the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad train wasn't immediately known.

Two passenger cars overturned in the accident Friday along U.S. Route 250 some 160 miles east of Charleston at Cheat Mountain, said emergency services director Shawn Dunbrack of Pocahontas County.



UPDATE 10/11/13 @ 4:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- An emergency services official says one person was killed and more than 60 others were injured in a collision between a logging truck and a train taking passengers on a scenic tour in eastern West Virginia.

Randolph County emergency services director Jim Wise says at least three people were critically hurt.

Wise says 21 were taken to a local hospital by ambulance and 45 others were taken there by bus with lesser injuries.

Pocahontas County emergency services director Shawn Dunbrack said two passenger cars on the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad train overturned in the accident at 1:30 p.m. Friday along U.S. Route 250 near the Pocahontas-Randolph county line.

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ORIGINAL STORY
CHEAT BRIDGE, W.Va. (WSAZ, WV MetroNews & AP) -- An emergency services official says a truck has collided with a scenic railway train in eastern West Virginia, and an undetermined number of people have been injured, but at least one person has died.

Pocahontas County emergency services director Shawn Dunbrack says two passenger cars on the train overturned in the accident at 1:30 p.m. Friday along U.S. Route 250 near Cheat Bridge near the Pocahontas-Randolph county line.

Dunbrack says the rail cars are operated by the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad. According to its website, the Tygart Flyer takes passengers on “mountain wilderness excursion rides.” This time of year the ride is popular among tourists because of fall foliage.”

Shortly after news of the accident, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a statement.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved and the emergency responders working the tragic accident in Randolph County this afternoon," said Gov. Tomblin. "My administration is working with all agencies involved to ensure the first responders and emergency managers on the ground are receiving the assistance they need."

State police responded to the accident. A call to a state police spokesman wasn't immediately returned, and a call to the railroad was referred to owner John Smith, who was out of the office and not immediately available.

The Elkins Intermountain is reporting a logging truck did not stop at a railroad crossing and smashed into the side of the train.

Drivers should avoid U.S. 250 between Huttonsville and Durbin until further notice.

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