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Truck collides with tourist train in West Virginia; 1 dead, 60 injured

Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

MARLINTON, W.Va., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- One person was killed and 60 people were injured when a truck slammed into the side of a tourist train in West Virginia, officials said.

The truck was carrying logs down Cheat Mountain Friday when it ran into the side of the Cheat Mountain Salamander tourist train operated by the West Virginia Central Railroad, The (Marlinton, W.Va.) Pocahontas Times reported.

Two passenger train cars derailed. Authorities at the scene said most passengers had been sitting in cars in front of the impact point.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Truck driver Danny Kimble, of Durbin, was killed in the incident.

Of the 60 injured, three were in critical condition.

Initial reports Friday said the train was the New Tygart Flyer -- operated by Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad. The railroad did not respond to a request for more information.

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