Police investigate Lee County derailment death


ST. CHARLES – Virginia State Police are investigating an overnight train derailment in Lee County that killed the driver of a vehicle parked next to the railroad tracks.

According to State Police, a CSX train loaded with coal derailed onto a 2003 Ford Windstar in St. Charles around 11:45 p.m. Sunday. The driver was killed and his passenger was seriously injured when part of the train landed on the vehicle.

Police said the minivan, owned by J&K Transportation, was parked in a gravel lot adjacent to the tracks. The van shuttles railroad employees between destinations.

The driver, identified as Jamie Collins, 31, of Baxter, Ky., was transported to Lee Regional Medical Center, where he died Monday morning, according to State Police. The passenger, Jason H. Williams, 33, of Viper, Ky., suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

The investigation continues.

Lee County is in far Southwest Virginia, on the Kentucky border.



One Response to Police investigate Lee County derailment death

  1. Keith J

    December 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    WOW! I drive rail van service for another company, PTI, and have, at times, wondered about trains going by while parked near tracks to exchange crew members on trains after their 12 hours of allowed work time are gone. Some times and at some locations, the parking places are near tracks and I have thought about how bad it would be if a derailment occurred. Although this was not a PTI van or employee to be killed in this accident, I am sorry and offer my condolences to the company and the drivers’ family. I will now be very careful about where I park and how I conduct myself while working in a similar situation.

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