Driver charged after car and Amtrak train collide in Waverly


by 13News Now

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 10:35 AM

Amtrak-car collision Waverly

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5:25 pm UPDATE:  State police have charged the driver, 32-year-old Untron Drew of Waverly, with reckless driving, failing to obey railroad crossing signals, and not wearing a seatbelt. Other charges are pending.

8:55 a.m.UPDATE: State Police say a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Untron Drew, attempted to drive around a crossing bar, disregarding warning lights and functional crossing bar. Mr. Drew's vehicle was then struck by an Amtrak train traveling 79MPH. The train, to include an engine car and 8 passenger cars, was transporting 44 passengers and 5 crew members. No one on the train was hurt.
Va. State Police say alcohol is a factor and that Drew's car is an old police vehicle that was auctioned off.
The train is about two hours off schedule.

WAVERLY-Virginia State Police say a car and Amtrak train from Norfolk collided Thursday morning in Waverly.  

Sgt. Michelle Anaya says it happened around 6:00 a.m. on Route 40 in Sussex County and the vehicle's driver, Untron Drew, was hurt.   He was med-flighted to VCU in Richmond, with non life threatening injuries, she stated.

Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds said, "Northeast Regional train 174, operating from Norfolk to Boston, struck a vehicle at 5:57 am in Waverly. There were no reported injuries by any of the 46 passengers."

Rosemary Smith, a 13News Now viewer, emailed about the incident saying, "I am on the 5 am Amtrak train from Norfolk and at about 6 am we struck a car near Waverly. The driver of car went around the gate at the crossing at Waverly."

The train left the scene and continued on its route, Leeds said around 8:30 a.m.

Just before noon, Smith sent a photo of the train at the Alexandria station and said, "Made it. 2-1/2 hours late, but made it!"

Amtrak started service from Norfolk a year ago today-December 12, 2012. That marked the return of rail service to the city for the first time since 1977. Trains leave Harbor Park in downtown Norfolk.