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Police release information on train accident in Waverly

12/12/2013, 9:37 a.m.
A 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by a man identified as Untron Drew, attempted to drive around a crossing bar, ...

Virginia State Police received a call this morning of a motor vehicle accident involving an Amtrak train on the Route 40/Route 460 crossing in Waverly.

A 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by a man identified as Untron Drew, attempted to drive around a crossing bar, disregarding warning lights and functional crossing bar. Drew's vehicle was then struck by an Amtrak train traveling 79 miles per hour. The train, to include an engine car and eight passenger cars, was transporting 44 passengers and five crew members, none of whom were injured. The train did not derail.

Drew was transported by a medical helicopter to VCU Medical Hospital in Richmond, with non life threatening injuries.

Police note that alcohol was a factor in the accident and that the vehicle Drew was operating was an old police vehicle auctioned off to a private citizen.