Amtrak GOP Charter Train hits garbage/dumpster truck in VA

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Amtrak GOP Charter Train hits garbage/dumpster truck in VA

Postby adamj023 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:14 pm

Heard on the news about an Amtrak train hitting a tractor trailer truck in Virginia. The difference here is that key congressional officials were apparently coming back from President Trump’s State of the Union speech which I watched last night who were onboard.

Anyone have any more details as to what happened?

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Re: Amtrak train hits Tractor Trailer in Virginia

Postby John_Perkowski » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:20 pm

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Re: Amtrak train hits Tractor Trailer in Virginia

Postby NJRAILNUT » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:22 pm

Amtrak rep. released statement confirming no injuries to anyone on board train, however CNN reports one fatality on the ground (presumably somebody on truck).

They showed a pic of the leading engine, looks like a nasty collision (it was a heritage unit leading FYI, #145. There was also a trailing unit #4)
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Re: Amtrak train hits Tractor Trailer in Virginia

Postby glennk419 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:26 pm

This train was a charter carrying members of US Congress to a retreat at the Greenbrier in WV. Impact was with a garbage truck. Lead unit is P42 Phase 3 Heritage unit# 145, trailing unit P42# 4. Lead unit derailed, rest of train remained on track. Train will be pulled back to Charlottesville for deboarding. Very minor injuries on train, one reported fatality on the truck.
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Re: Amtrak train hits Tractor Trailer in Virginia

Postby STrRedWolf » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:59 pm

Nearest source: http://www.newsplex.com/content/news/Tr ... 64503.html

According to police, the crash occurred near Marymart Farm Road and Lanetown Road, west of Crozet.

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The train was a specially chartered Amtrak train that left Union Station around 8:30 a.m. and hit a garbage truck around 11:20 a.m. just west of Crozet.
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Re: Amtrak train hits Tractor Trailer in Virginia

Postby John_Perkowski » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:07 pm

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Re: Amtrak train hits Tractor Trailer in Virginia

Postby JTDailyUpdate » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:07 pm

If the crash occurred at the Lanetown Road Crossing; that would then be crossing Number 224704E according to the FRA
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Re: Amtrak train hits Tractor Trailer in Virginia

Postby MCL1981 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:08 pm

Primitive crossing with no gates... on an s-curve curve in the road... surrounded by thick trees and brush... adjacent to an intersection.
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Amtrak GOP crash

Postby StLouSteve » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:16 pm

An Amtrak GOP special to Greenbrier hit a trash truck at a grade crossing this morning with truck fatality.


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Re: Amtrak GOP crash

Postby Alcochaser » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:20 pm

Ohh no...... talk about some bad irony here.
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Re: Amtrak GOP crash

Postby Matt Johnson » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:23 pm

Sounds like bumps and bruises at worst for those on the train, thankfully. The truck driver however didn't make it. I can't tell for sure if there are gates at the crossing based on the footage I saw but there are certainly lights and bells. Heritage unit 145 was leading the train and will undoubtedly be joining Heritage unit #66 at Beech Grove.
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Re: Amtrak GOP crash

Postby Hux » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:36 pm

The driver made it. Unfortunately, one of the trash men didn't as he and a co-worker were flung from the rear of the truck. In video on MSNBC the crossing gate was down.
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Re: Amtrak train hits Tractor Trailer in Virginia

Postby Cameron Wolk » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:37 pm

Some online sources (social media) are saying the truck was literally parked on the tracks, I hope this wasn't an intentional act. Looking at the crossing itself I'm not too sure how the driver could not have seen or heard the train coming. I assume he also had no situational awareness like all recent incidents.
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Re: Amtrak train hits Tractor Trailer in Virginia

Postby jhdeasy » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:38 pm

This accident will probably have an adverse effect on trains 50(30) and 51(31) which are scheduled to pass thru Crozet VA this afternoon. This is the Buckingham Branch RR.
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Re: Amtrak GOP crash

Postby DanK » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:53 pm

Not to make light or fun of the situation, but stupid is as stupid does.
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