At this time of the year, outdoor enthusiasts and tourists from across the nation flock to West Virginia's Appalachian region to see the stunning tree colors during the autumn season. In fact, many of these people elect to take long train rides through the area's mountainous landscape in order to get the best possible views and take the best possible pictures.
Unfortunately, one of the more popular trains in the area was involved in a horrific motor vehicle accident last week that left one person dead and several others with serious personal injuries.
Reports indicate that at about 1:30 p.m. last Friday, a train carrying more than 60 people was hit by a large logging truck as it made its way through a railroad crossing along Route 250 in Randolph County, roughly 160 miles east of Charleston.
The sheer force of the collision caused two of the train's passenger cars to turn over onto their side and sent large logs flying across the rural roadway.
Sadly, the driver of the logging truck was killed in the truck accident, while 24 train passengers had to be taken to area hospitals for treatment. Among the injured parties were three people who were ultimately admitted to the hospital, one in stable condition and the other two in serious condition.
While authorities have yet to determine an exact cause of the truck-train accident, preliminary reports show that the truck driver appears to have made no attempt to stop.
Officials here in West Virginia praised the efforts of emergency responders and hospital personnel in handling such a large-scale disaster and offered their condolences to the crash victims.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved and the emergency responders working the tragic accident in Randolph County this afternoon," read a statement from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. "My administration is working with all agencies involved to ensure the first responders and emergency managers are receiving the assistance they need."
Stay tuned for further updates ...
If you've been seriously injured in a car accident, truck accident, or any other kind of motor vehicle accident, consider speaking with an experienced legal professional who can protect your rights and fight for the justice you deserve.
Fox News, "West Virginia truck-train crash kills 1, injures 24," Oct. 11, 2013; WCHS, "Cause of Randolph train crash is under investigation," Kallie Cart, Oct. 12, 2013