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Details surface in fatal train crash

October 16, 2013

The West Virginia Public Service Commission has joined the investigation into last week’s accident between a logging truck and a passenger train in southern Randolph County....

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Oct-17-13 12:09 AM

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Looking at the pictures here with the truck going downhill and engine facing uphill---The train had to be in push mode illegally without road guards,forward headlights, or forward train horns. The 50 year old whistle sign (in picture of train engine) 400 foot too close to the crossing for 20 mph track would be out of sight of the train engine going backwards till the tail of the train was almost in the road. Isn't the engineer on the btitish side of the cab? So he couldn't see the road nor the truck.

Since the front of the trailer isn't ripped out ---looks like to me the truck driver jack knifed and layed the truck down intentionally after getting caught in the train trap actually saving a bunch of lives.

Of course the state will try to cover up the pathetic condition of THEIR railroad crossing and the real facts will be hid as always.

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Oct-16-13 10:55 AM

"misfittoy" has made the most intelligent comment here this year!

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Oct-16-13 8:19 AM

Proper safety items, such as train warning lights and railroad crossing signs further from the tracks would have helped tremendously to deter the accident that happened! Coming from the south, there is little room between the turn in the road and the track crossing. Having a couple of lights at the sight and no gates or warning signals further from the crossing would go a long way into insuring that this does not happen again. Even warning signals that the train is running that day at the top of Cheat Mountain would be great.

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