EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPassengers Continue Riding Rails Following Fatal Train Crash
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 12, 2013 9:16 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 12, 2013 9:44 PM EDT
Cheat Mountain, Randolph County , West Virginia
Passengers continued to ride the rails Saturday, following a Randolph County train accident that killed one and sent dozens to the hospital.
As Friday's accident remains under investigation, business continued as usual.
People said, although the crash is shocking, life must go on
Less than 24 hours after the fatal wreck involving a train and a truck, dozens of tourists waited for their ride on the very rails where it happened.
"I'm here to enjoy the day," Joan Ross, of Bruceton Mills, said.
The mangled rail cars are still on the tracks where it happened, along route W.Va. Route 250 at the top of Cheat Mountain.
You can still see the scratches on the road and splintered wood from the logging truck the train collided with.
The truck hit the Cheat Mountain Salamander, a train operated by Durbin Greenbrier Valley Railroad in Elkins.
“We were down in Durbin when the call came out, and all the units were going out.” Dick Hart, of Madison, Ohio, said. “Somebody had been killed, and two of the cars were knocked off."
The driver of the truck, Danny Kimble, was pronounced dead at the scene. Close to 30 train passengers were taken to the hospital to be checked out. Only three were admitted.
As the accident remains under investigation, trains are once again chugging down the lines.
"Half of us don't even know about the incident,” Stacey Falls, of Virginia, said. “We just found that out when we were on our way here."
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused truck driver Danny Kimble to drive into the oncoming train.
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