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Update: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 9:12 p.m.
Tracy Fath, Director of Marketing and Communications for Davis Health systems reports that 23 individuals have received treatment at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, W.Va.:
- 4 were transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital—of those, 3 are listed in serious condition, 1 is stable;
- 3 are admitted at Davis Memorial—2 in serious condition, 1 stable;
- 42 refused treatment.
In a press conference this evening, Sheriff Mark Brady of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department said the driver of the logging truck, employed by H & H Fisher’s Logging, LLC out of Bartow, W.Va., was pronounced dead on the scene. He noted that there were no brake marks on the road indicating that the driver attempted to stop, and that the railroad crossing signals were flashing.
Brady says the owner of the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad, John Smith, placed a 911 call to alert emergency officials at 1:28 p.m.
The area of the accident, along Rt. 250, is still closed pending the completion of the investigation.
Update: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 7:50 p.m.
All of the surviving 64 passengers and 4 crew were taken to Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, W.Va. Larry Messina from the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety reports:
- 45 have minor injuries and were transported on a Randolph County school bus;
- 16 serious and 5 critical were transported via ambulances;
- and there’s one reported fatality.
Update: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4:50 p.m.
A spokeswoman from Davis Memorial Hospital confirms at least 67 have been delivered from the accident site in Randolph County to the hospital in Elkins, W.Va.; 8 – 10 emergency vehicles and a Randolph County school bus were used to transport those wounded.
Original story posted Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.
Pocahontas County emergency services director Shawn Dunbrack says two passenger cars on the train overturned in the accident along U.S. Route 250 near Cheat Bridge near the Pocahontas-Randolph county line.
One fatality has been reported, along with 21 people transported by ambulance and 30 people transported by school bus to Davis Memorial Hospital, said Randolph County Office of Emergency Services Director Jim Wise. The degree of injuries range from slightly injured to critical, Wise said.
The rail cars are operated by the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad. This is one of the busiest times of the year for the tourist rail. Lots of passengers were aboard to see the fall leaves. There were more than 6o passengers aboard the train.
It’s unclear how many have been injured but those wounded were taken to Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, W.Va.
State police responded to the accident.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued the following statement this afternoon regarding a fatal accident today involving a tourist train and logging truck: "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved and the emergency responders working the tragic accident in Randolph County this afternoon," said Gov. Tomblin. "My administration is working with all agencies involved to ensure the first responders and emergency managers on the ground are receiving the assistance they need."