Randolph County Sheriff's Department Completes Investigation Into Oct. 2013 Fatal Train Crash
By Jeff Schrock, Randolph, Tucker & Upshur County Reporter/Anchor - bio | email
The Randolph County Sheriff's Department has completed the investigation into a fatal train crash involving a log truck and a tourist train at a Route 250 crossing on Cheat Mountain near the Randolph and Pocahontas county line in October 2013.
The driver of the log truck, Danny Lee Kimble Sr. of Bartow, West Virginia, died as a result of injuries he received in the crash and 23 of the 63 tourists on board the Cheat Mountain Salamander received medical treatment for injuries.
Kimble's truck hit the train's coupling, which attaches two of the train cars to one another, and resulted in two passenger cars flipping on their side from the impact of Kimble's truck. Witnesses said Kimble tried to take evasive action and swerved to avoid hitting the train, according to Randolph County Chief Deputy Bradley Sharp. There were no skid marks for an accident reconstructionists to determine the speed of Kimble's truck, according to the report.
A medical examiner determined drugs and alcohol were not a factor and that the railroad light was functioning properly.