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The man who died has been identified as Christopher Foley, 28, of Louisa County, the driver of the garbage truck that was hit by an Amtrak train (Photo courtesy of GoFundMe)

Victim of train, truck crash identified; leaves behind 1-year-old son, wife


By: Elizabeth Tyree, WSET

CROZET, Va. (WSET) - A train carrying about 100 GOP members of Congress to a legislative retreat in West Virginia collided with a truck just outside of Charlottesville Wednesday morning.

One person died and about six others were injured.

The man who died has been identified as Christopher Foley, 28, of Louisa County, the driver of the garbage truck that was hit by an Amtrak train.

Foley worked for Time Disposal, a company based out of Ruckersville.

The business wrote on Facebook Thursday that they are in complete shock of Foley's passing.

Joe McCauley, the organizer of a GoFundMe page for Foley's family, said Foley leaves behind a 1-year-old son and his wife.

"We have set up this page to help Mr. Foley's family, there's no amount of money that can replace a human life," he wrote on the page. "Anything that you are able to donate helps the family financially through this horrific time."

They said money from the GoFundMe page will go to help with funeral costs and will go directly to his family.

Two other Time Disposal employees were injured in the crash that happened around 11:20 a.m.; the business said they would update the public on their condition later Thursday.

UVA Medical Center said six patients were taken to the hospital after the crash; one patient was listed in critical condition, one patient was in good condition, three patients were being evaluated, and one patient had been discharged.

A neighbor, who said the truck ended up on his property in Crozet, said he recently has seen lines of cars stopped at the crossing, with the crossing arms lowered even though no train was approaching. He said motorists would get out of their cars to help guide other motorists around the malfunctioning arms so they could cross the tracks.

CSX Transportation owns the tracks where the crash occurred.

Buckingham Branch Railroad leases the tracks and is responsible for maintenance, signaling and traffic dispatching on the line.

The maximum speed for trains crossing the intersection is 60 miles per hour.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) spokesman said in a press conference Wednesday night that investigators will spend several days at the site of the crash.

Responding to reports from nearby residents that crossing equipment had been malfunctioning, Weener said signal experts would be looking at the safety of the crossing.

Weener said that he does not expect the NTSB to release a probable cause of the crash for several months.

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