Fortunately, the backhoe operator survive. The Roanoke train is just in test status and it is already running into things. It looks like the service is off to an auspicious start!
Please allow a brief "fair use" quote.
No one trapped on the train
By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager
BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. - One person was trapped after a backhoe went over a bridge and was hit by an Amtrak train on Bellevue Road, according to Bedford County Fire & Rescue Special Operations Command.
The bridge on Bellevue Road will be closed until Monday after a backhoe and the man operating it, fell off the side of the bridge.
State police say the driver lost control.
"The rear started chattering and skipping. So he couldn't get good breaking out of it," said Sgt. Richard Garletts, Virginia State Police.
The machine landed on the side of the train tracks. Minutes later, police say the amtrak engine with two cars came by and side swiped the backhoe."They didn't have enough time to call to get the train to stop," said Garletts.
What are the odds of the test train showing minutes after this occurred?.
PS: I didn't know whether to start a new thread or put this in the Roanoke thread. .
Edited by Thirdrail7, 16 June 2017 - 11:48 PM.