in the vicinity
NTSB is investigating the cause of the GOP-train-crash
A man in the truck was killed, two people injured.
The train with the members of the Congress, a Republican retreat in West Virginia, last month struck a garbage truck that had a railroad crossing after the safety gates had come down, according to a new report, released on Wednesday.
The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report that witnesses told investigators the truck drove onto the crossing after the warning gates had lowered.
The train, which was operated by Amtrak, which had also a front-facing camera, which showed how the junction came in sight, “the gates were down and the garbage-truck on the railway crossing.”
A trash company employee was killed in the Jan. 31 crash, while the driver of the truck, another employee and several others on the train were injured.
The wreck of a garbage truck is next to an Amtrak passenger train
The NTSB said the accident occurred around 11:16 p.m., the Congress of a Special Amtrak train 923 approached the crossing, in Crozet, Virginia. at about 61 miles per hour, when “the engineer applied emergency braking.”
After striking the truck, one axle of the front locomotive of the train derailed, but remained upright, according to the NTSB.
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Several people living in the vicinity of the railway crossing, told The Associated Press that the safety of the gates, which are designed to come down, warn the drivers of approaching trains, were known to frequently malfunction, sometimes staying down for long periods of time, even if no trains are coming.
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“The range and operational characteristics of the crossing signals have also been investigated and documented,” the NTSB said in its report. To check the “NTSB investigators continue to questions in connection with the highway–rail crossing.”
The Agency said the probable cause of the accident has not yet been determined.
Members of Congress resort, on the chartered train to the Greenbrier, where the party meets traditional, to discuss its agenda and goals for the coming year.
“It was a very high-speed collisions,” Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., who was on Board, told Fox News at the time. “It wasn’t the brakes that was felt. We propose an immediate effect, and went from 70 to zero very quickly.”
The wreckage of a truck after it was struck at a railroad crossing by a train with Republican members of Congress from Virginia.
The train, which was a functional Motor on the other side-able to run in reverse back to Charlottesville, where members of the coaches took to West Virginia.
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The crash was the latest tragedy to affect the Congress-Republicans, specifically on a shoot last summer on a baseball practice in Northern Virginia. The legislature most seriously injured in the attack, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was not on the train during the crash.
Fox News’ Judson Berger, Chad Pergram and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed