West Virginia truck-train crash kills 1, injures 24
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West Virginia truck-train crash kills 1, injures 24

Cebu : Philippines | Oct 12, 2013 at 2:12 AM PDT
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Skooter reports 10/12/13

A logging truck and a train passenger collided Friday on a picturesque tour in peak fall flora season in the West Virginia mountains, killing one person and injuring 24 people, authorities said. Couple of rail cars lay on their sides and logs were strewn all around.

A primary report of more than 60 hurt by authorities was then corrected and reduced Tracy Fath, a hospital official said. She said on Friday evening that more than a dozen who had been brought to a hospital by a school bus were described as minor injuries and were then ascertained to be unhurt.

Fath said via telephone from Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins said that they've got 24 people who were treated in the emergency room. She added that of the 24 treated, three were confined to the hospital, two in serious condition and one stable. And that they were taken care and released. Fath said she couldn’t divulge more details on the degree of the injuries or identities of those hurt.

It wasn’t immediately known what caused the accident between the truck and the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad train on an excursion at the peak of autumn leaf-watching season in the state's eastern Appalachian region.

The collision occurred at 1:30 p.m. Friday along U.S. Route 250 about 160 miles east of Charleston at Cheat Mountain, said emergency services director Shawn Dunbrack of Pocahontas County.

One fatality and at least three people badly injured, Randolph County emergency services director Jim Wise confirmed. The identity of driver of the logging truck wasn't immediately known.

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skooter is based in Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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