Motorist dies in Amtrak-vehicle collision near Williamsburg

Motorist dies in Amtrak-vehicle collision near Williamsburg

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Motorist dies in Amtrak-vehicle collision near Williamsburg

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WVEC.com

Posted on February 25, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 25 at 5:16 PM

LANEXA  -- A motorist has died in a collision between an Amtrak train and a vehicle in New Kent County.

The train was carrying about 125 passengers.  It was traveling from the Richmond area to Newport News when the accident happened at 11 a.m. Friday in the Lanexa area.

The driver of the pick-up truck died at the scene.  No one on the train was hurt.

Deborah Cox, a spokesperson for the Virginia State Police, says the truck driver was headed west on Rockahock Road and turned left onto a private drive before attempting to cross the tracks.  The driver apparently failed to yield the right-of-way to the train.  According to witnesses, the conductor sounded the horn.

The crash happened on private property in a place where there are no armbars or signals.  Under Virginia law, vehicle operators must stop at least 15 feet prior to the crossing.

Virginia State Police and the New Kent County Sheriff's Office are investigating.  CSX crews are inspecting the tracks and Amtrak representatives are inspecting the train.

Passengers are being transported by bus to their final destination.

 

 

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