A father and three children were traveling on Reese Mountain Road in Montgomery County, Virginia when a train struck their car. The accident happened around 6 p.m. Wednesday night when the car attempted to cross the train tracks. The three children, between the ages of four and eight, were all transported by separate helicopters to hospitals. The driver was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. One of the children died at the hospital.
The railroad crossing is marked with signs but does not have gates or lights. Investigators believe that the train was carrying 109 freight cars and was traveling to Roanoke. Witnesses claim that the conductor only signaled his horn once or twice just before the collision. The conductor should have used his horn for a significant amount of time in approaching the crossing considering it lacked lights and a gate.
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