Rail line reopens, road to be closed until Friday

CREWS CLEAN UP CRASH SITE

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 10:41 PM
Last updated Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 12:29 AM
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The rail line where a train and logging truck collided was cleared Wednesday, but the section of Mike Padgett Highway where the crash occurred will remain closed until Friday.

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Crews work to clean the debris from Tuesday's wreck involving a train and a logging truck. The rail line reopened just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, but that section of Mike Padgett Highway won't reopen until Friday.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Crews work to clean the debris from Tuesday's wreck involving a train and a logging truck. The rail line reopened just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, but that section of Mike Padgett Highway won't reopen until Friday.

Rick Harris, the director of corporate communications at Norfolk Southern, said the rail line reopened just before 1 p.m. Wednesday. According to Lt. Ramone Lamkin of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the state Department of Transportation said the road won’t reopen until Friday.

Until the road is reopened, police are detouring traffic through Hephzibah McBean Road on the Richmond County side. From Burke County, traffic is detoured through the Highway 25 bypass in Waynesboro or Old Waynesboro Road.

The collision occurred about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday when a logging truck failed to stop for the train near the Burke County line.

Police said the driver, Ronald Wade, 59, of Waynesboro, jumped from the moving vehicle just before the crash. Wade was charged with failure to stop at a railroad crossing signal, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions, no brakes and no tag.

A vehicle that had stopped at the tracks was hit by one of the derailed cars, but no one was injured. Harris said at least two-dozen cars derailed. Repairs to the train signal are expected to continue into the weekend.

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nocnoc 09/19/13 - 08:39 pm
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Lucky all around no one died.

If the Chem cars were full and ruptured many of the chemicals they collect or deliver to or from 56 Loop could easily kill everything in a sizable area.

Everybody involved in the accident and near McBean was extremely lucky.

As for the Logging truck we have see enough deaths on Augusta's Death Road (Hwy 56) were a logging truck was directly involved.

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