Garbage Truck Passenger Was Killed in Crozet Amtrak Crash
Police have identified the man killed in the Crozet Amtrak crash as a passenger in the garbage truck that collided with a GOP charter train.
The grade crossing crash on Wednesday left one person dead, one critically injured and five others treated at the UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville.
In the hours after the Crozet Amtrak crash, the authorities identified Christopher Foley, 28, one of two passengers on the trash truck as the deceased person. A second unidentified passenger was airlifted to University of Virginia Medical Center with critical injuries, according to the Abermarle County Police Department.
The train was carrying House and Senate Republicans to a retreat in West Virginia at the time of the crash, reported NBC News. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement no injuries were sustained by members of Congress or their staff.
However, Rep. Jason Lewis of Minnesota was transported to a local hospital for a reported concussion, according to media reports.
Authorities said the driver of the truck was transported by ground ambulance in a serious condition.
Passengers described a sudden impact, a loud sound and a sudden jolt at the time of the Crozet Amtrak crash.
On Wednesday night, The University of Virginia Health System confirmed it received six patients at UVA Medical Center. One was in critical condition, one was in good condition, three were still being evaluated. One person was discharged.
The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team of investigators to the wreck scene at Crozet. Earl Weener, a board member, would not speculate on any possible cause. NTSB investigations can take as long as a year to complete.
Amtrak confirmed the crash happened at 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Virginia. The wreck scene is in Albemarle County near Charlottesville. By 1:15 p.m., the train left Crozet and was heading back to Charlottesville.
Members of Congress who are also doctors helped at the wreck scene. Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Ohio, both of them medical doctors, were among others who helped the injured people.
This latest accident on a Virginia grade crossing raises questions about the safety of these crossings.
The crossing where the crash occurred had flashing lights, as well as gates on both sides of the track, NBC News reported.
Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas told MSNBC that “both of the crossing arms were down” by the time he left the train and it appeared that the lights were functioning as intended.
Virginia has many aging and defective railroad crossings. If you are involved in an accident at a grade crossing, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against a railroad.
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we have represented people injured in grade crossing accidents and the families of those who died in wrecks with trains. Our thoughts are with the injured and the family members of the deceased in the Crozet Amtrak crash. Call us today for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.