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Train hits car in Bealeton, killing driver

A 54-year-old man died Friday evening after a train hit his Chevrolet Cavalier at a crossing in Bealeton, just off of U.S. 17.

The incident happened just before 5 p.m. Friday on Remington Road when an Amtrak train hit the Cavalier driven by James E. Wood at an “uncontrolled” crossing, which has no blocking arms or flashing lights. Instead, the double-track crossing has only a stop sign and a railroad crossing sign, according to Virginia State Police.

Wood, of Page County, died at the scene.

The train was carrying 200 passengers and heading from Charlottesville to Washington, D.C., police said. No one on board was injured.

The incident remains under investigation, said Corinne Geller with the state police.

Location of fatal train crash.




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