CHARLES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Passengers were reportedly kept on a train for hours after a deadly accident involving a vehicle on the railroad tracks near the Roxbury Road and Barnetts Road intersection in Charles City County Wednesday evening.
The train originated from Newport News, destined for Penn Station in New York.
Austin Martir, a freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), said he was traveling from his home in Norfolk to campus when the Amtrak train he was riding in came to a screeching halt.
“It’s been quite a ride. I’ll tell you that. Everybody was confused wondering what was going on,” Martir said. “I smelled what smelt like a wrecked car. So, I started telling everybody it was probably a car wreck and we probably ran over a car. Everybody was like don’t talk like that, there’s no way that happened.”
Martir’s assumptions were unfortunately true.
Shortly after 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7, deputies with the Charles City County Sheriff’s Office released a traffic alert to community members, announcing that a motor vehicle accident involving a train had occurred.
The Sheriff’s Office later reported that the accident was fatal. A spokesperson with the sheriff’s office said there was one person pronounced dead at the scene of the incident and that everyone on the Amtrak train itself is okay.
Martir said the passengers were stuck on the train for hours as first responders worked to clear the scene.
“I’ve been trying to calm people down. There was a kid who I could tell was on edge, so I let him play my Switch. I played with him on the multiplayer game,” Martir said. “I just was trying to help all the people on the train.”
Shortly after 9:30 p.m., Charles City County Sheriff’s Office announced that Roxbury Road had returned to regular traffic.
There is no further information available at this time.