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November 16, 2012

Bealeton train accident kills driver of Chevy Cavalier

Photo/Steve Wheat
Part of the car ended up about 50 feet from the railroad crossing.
A Page County man died early Friday night when he pulled his car into the path of a train at Bealeton.

The northbound Amtrak passenger train hit a 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier in the 11200 block of Remington Road.

James E. Wood, 54, of Shenandoah, died at the scene, according to state police.

The accident at 4:55 p.m. took place across the road from the Meadfield subdivision and just south of Lane Metals.

“The train was unable to stop in time and struck the car,” state police Public Relations Director Corinne N. Geller said.

None of the 200 passengers on the train, heading from Charlottesville to Washington, suffered injury, Ms. Geller said.

“I did not feel anything. I’m sitting towards the back of the train,” Joe Pieniazek, a JMU student headed to Washington, D.C., wrote on Twitter.

The impact spread parts of the car about 100 feet along Remington Road.

The train stopped after the crash.

The “uncontrolled” rail crossing has no flashing lights or gate. It has a stop sign and a railroad crossing sign.

The crossing has double tracks and is “uncontrolled” – meaning it has only a posted stop sign and RR crossing sign…no controlled arm or flashing lights.

The accident remained under investigation late Friday night, Ms. Geller said.

The map below plots the intersection where the collision occurred.

View Train and car collide in a larger map
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