Rail line reopens, road to be closed until Friday

CREWS CLEAN UP CRASH SITE

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.

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.

Train cars derail near Burke County line

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