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Truck Smashes Into Train On Sightseeing Tour
A truck carrying logs has collided with a passenger train on a scenic tour in the mountains of West Virginia, killing one person and injuring 24 others.
The accident happened at around 2pm local time on Friday along Route 250 at the top of Cheat Mountain, some 160 miles east of Charleston, emergency services said.
Two of the passenger cars of the New Tygart Flyer, operated by Durbin and Greenbrier Railroad, flipped on their sides.
The train was taking passengers on a sightseeing tour of autumn foliage in the area, according to reports.
The driver of the truck loaded with logs was pronounced dead at the scene.
All the injured were taken to Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins.
An official at the hospital, Tracy Fath, said that of the 24 people treated, three were admitted to the hospital, with two in serious condition and one stable.
The cause of the accident was not immediately known.
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a statement saying his administration was working with various agencies in response to the crash.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved and the emergency responders working the tragic accident in Randolph County this afternoon," he added.