Train-Truck collision fatality ID'd


Authorities have identified the driver who died after his logging truck collided with a passenger train at a crossing in West Virginia.

Update: October 14, 2013:

A state agency spokesman says a logging truck that collided with a sightseeing train in West Virginia was inspected about two days prior to the accident and no problems were found.
Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says the truck’s cab was severely damaged. That will make it difficult to reconstruct the brakes to determine whether they were a factor.
The truck’s driver, Danny Lee Kimble Sr., was killed and 23 people were injured when the collision occurred on Cheat Mountain on Friday. Messina said four people remained hospitalized as of Sunday night.
The Public Service Commission is investigating the accident because it involved a logging truck.
Messina says the accident didn’t meet the National Transportation Safety Board’s criteria for investigating during the partial government shutdown.

Story originally posted October 12, 2013.

Chief Buster Varner of the Bartow-Frank-Durbin Volunteer Fire Department says Danny Lee Kimble Sr. of Frank was pronounced dead at the scene of Friday’s accident along U.S. Route 250. Varner says he spoke to Kimble’s son Saturday morning.

The train carrying 63 sightseers and four crew members was on a fall foliage trek about 160 miles east of Charleston. Two passenger cars flipped on their sides after impact.

Spokeswoman Tracy Fath of Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins says one person remained at the hospital Saturday. Four others were transferred to a Morgantown hospital and their status was unavailable Saturday.