Truck driver charged after crash involving Amtrak train


NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — One person was injured after an Amtrak train crashed into a work truck in New Kent County Friday morning. 

The crash occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday at a railroad crossing on Rockahock Road.

According to Virginia State Police, a Woodfin truck hauling a trailer attempted to cross the tracks shortly before 11:30 a.m. when it was struck by the train on its rear passenger side, causing the truck to flip onto its roof. 

The driver of the truck, 30-year-old Jean-Kyle Maurice Chittum of Dunnsville, is charged with failure to obey a stop sign.

The train did not derail, according to VSP.

A nearby mobile home and another vehicle were also damaged due to flying debris, police added.

Chittum was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries, according to police.

There were 76 passengers and four crew members traveling onboard the train; none of them were injured.

VSP said there is no emergency equipment at that railroad crossing, though stop signs are in place on each side.

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The track will be shut down for an extended period of time due to the train being disabled,

Amtrak tells 8News the train originated in Boston and was heading to Newport News. 

CSX personnel and investigators are on scene assisting.  

Charges are pending at this time and the crash remains under investigation. 

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