ST. CHARLES, Va. — A tragic accident took place on Sunday, Dec. 9, in St. Charles, Virginia when a CSX rail car carrying coal derailed resulting in the death of a Kentucky man and causing serious injuries to his passenger, also from Kentucky.
The accident occurred at around 11:45 p.m near the intersection of Routes 635 and 636 where the CSX train loaded with coal derailed. A 2003 Ford Windstar minivan, owned by J&K Transportation and used as a “transport taxi” to shuttle railroad employees back and forth to the train destinations, was parked in a gravel lot adjacent to the train tracks when part of the rail car derailed and overturned onto the Windstar.
The driver of the Windsor, identified as 31-year old Jamie Collins of Baxter, Ky., was taken to Lee Regional Medical Center, where he later died. The passenger in the Windstar, identified as 33-year old Jason H. Williams of Viper, Ky., was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., to be treated for serious injuries.
The incident remains under investigation at this time by Virginia State Police.
Posted by Gordon, Elias & Seely, a FELA lawyer and Virginia railroad injury lawyer who publishes train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States.