Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Truck and train collide in US

A truck carrying logs down Cheat Mountain crashed into the side of a train taking passengers on a scenic tour in rural Randolph County, West Virginia (AP/The Pocahontas Times, Geoff Hamill)

A logging truck has collided with a train taking passengers on a tour in the West Virginia mountains, killing one person and injuring 24 others, authorities in the US said.

A preliminary toll of more than 60 injured initially reported by authorities following the accident has been revised downwards by a hospital official.

Tracy Fath said that dozens brought to a hospital by bus were found unhurt though an official earlier reported they had lesser injuries.

The cause of the accident between the truck and the railroad train was not immediately known.

Two passenger cars overturned in the accident along US Route 250 some 160 miles east of Charleston at Cheat Mountain, said emergency services director Shawn Dunbrack of Pocahontas County.

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