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Bluefield man killed in fiery train crash


ROANOKE, VA -Authorities have released the name of the person killed in a fiery accident involving a commercial truck and a freight train.

According to a news release, William Lineberry, 56, of Bluefield, WV was pronounced dead at the scene. Johnny Collins, 22, of Abingdon, Virginia was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with serious injures.

The crash happened around 11:50 a.m. Monday on Spring Hollow Access Road in Roanoke County. Lineberry and Collins were in a Appalachian Power work truck when they began to cross the tracks and was struck by a Norfolk Southern freight train traveling westbound.

There were no hazardous materials were aboard the train. The investigation is being handled by the Norfolk Southern Police and Salem Police Dept.

The train included three locomotives and 14 cars and was traveling from Roanoke to Bluefield. 


ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- Authorities say one person was killed and another injured in a fiery accident when a freight train hit a commercial truck hauling a flatbed trailer at a crossing in Virginia
   Sgt. Jeffrey A. Johnson of the Roanoke County Police said it happened shortly before noon Monday. He said the truck was engulfed in flames when emergency personnel arrived at the scene.
   Norfolk Southern said in a written statement that the person killed and the one injured were in the truck. The injured person was taken to a local hospital. No one on the train was injured.
   The railroad company said the truck was struck at a private crossing where the track speed is 40 mph.
   The train included three locomotives and 14 cars. It was traveling from Roanoke to Bluefield.

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