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Backhoe goes over bridge, hit by Amtrak train (Roanoke)

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#1 Thirdrail7



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Posted 16 June 2017 - 11:46 PM

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! ^_^


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Crews respond after backhoe goes over bridge, hit by Amtrak train in Bedford County


 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.

They say laughter is the best medicine. Obviously they never posted on AU.

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 12:43 AM

Maybe we need a thread about Stupid Human Tricks involving commercial vehicles?


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Posted 17 June 2017 - 06:45 AM

I dunno, looks like they got real good "breaking" out of it. Maybe better braking would have helped.
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Posted 17 June 2017 - 10:33 PM

Happen in England once. Car came off the bridge and was hit by a high speed train. It takes talent to do this. The fact it was a test train is just extra bonus.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 08:15 AM

Happen in England once. Car came off the bridge and was hit by a high speed train. It takes talent to do this. The fact it was a test train is just extra bonus.

Wasn't that the one on the ECML? The train derailed and collided into a freight train going in the opposite direction AFAIR.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 04:43 PM

What are the odds of the test train showing minutes after this occurred?.

Dang small odds I would venture. But there are enough of these incidents that it can make one wonder if Amtrak trains have a field of some sort that attracts heavy construction equipment or commercial vehicles to get stuck on or fall on the tracks.


Looking at the news report, the guardrails on the bridge were seriously mangled. Perhaps this will motivate VDOT to put up more substantial protection on the bridge to protect the tracks below since passenger trains (with passengers) will soon be running on the tracks.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:12 PM

Well there was that year that the Crescent hit some armored personnel carriers, the Coast Starlight hit a herd of cow, the California Zephyr hit that sprinkler...that's all I can think of right off, but I know there were plenty of strange things that year. A boat ended up on Metro North due to a hurricane, but no train hit it of course.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:29 PM

The bridge appeared to be in a very rural area. Experience in Va has shown the state is loaded with many substandard bridges.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 09:01 PM

Well a Silver Service train hit a garbage truck.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 10:28 PM

Speaking of which, is the proposed services to Roanoke part of the Cardinal or Northeast Regional route?

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 11:09 PM

It certainly would not by part of the Cardinal as it does not go anywhere near it.
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:42 AM

Speaking of which, is the proposed services to Roanoke part of the Cardinal or Northeast Regional route?

It is part of the Northeast Regional service.

Amtrak travel so far: only 10,207 miles: Springfield Shuttle (12), Northeast Regional (25), Acela (1), Lake Shore Limited (2), Pennsylvanian (2), Capitol Limited (1)

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