Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 3, 2013

Two injured in car vs. train

By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Two area men narrowly escaped serious injury but their vehicle was damaged early Saturday morning after they got their car stuck on the railroad tracks near a grade crossing in Bluefield, Va., and a Norfolk Southern train came through.

The two adult male subjects whose names were not immediately available, got the wheels of the 2008 Honda Civic they were traveling in caught over the track near the Depot Street grade crossing in Bluefield, Va., according to Lt. Pete Beavers of the Bluefield, Va., Police Department.

“The call came into our office at 3:57 a.m. (Saturday) morning,” Beavers said. “Officer Craig Menefee is handling the investigation on this case. The report is incomplete at this time, but the preliminary report indicates that the two males got out of the car and tried to push the vehicle off the tracks.

“They were still trying to push the car off the track when the train came. They jumped away before it hit,” Beavers said. “The two individuals claimed they had been injured when they jumped away.

“According to Officer Menefee’s report, the two individuals suffered minor injuries,” Beavers said. “They were transported by the Bluefield, Va., Rescue Squad to Bluefield Regional Medical Center.”

In addition to the Bluefield, Va., Police Department and the Bluefield, Va., Rescue Squad, other agencies that responded included the Bluefield, Va., Volunteer Fire Department and the NS Police. Beavers said that no NS employees were injured in the crash.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com