WAVERLY, Va. (AP) -- -

State troopers say alcohol was a factor in Thursday's collision between a train and vehicle.

Here is the complete news release from Virginia State Police:

At approximately 0605 hours, Virginia State Police received a call of a motor vehicle accident involving an Amtrak train on the Route 40/Route 460 crossing in Waverly, Virginia. A 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Untron Drew, attempted to drive around a crossing bar, disregarding warning lights and functional crossing bar. Mr. Drews vehicle was then struck by an Amtrak train traveling 79MPH. The train, to include an engine car and 8 passenger cars, was transporting 44 passengers and 5 crew members, none of which were injured. The train DID NOT derail.
Mr. Drew has been med flighted to VCU, Richmond, with non life threatening injuries.
Photographs are attached of the scene. Be advised that alcohol is a factor and that the vehicle Mr. Drew was operating was an old police vehicle auctioned off to a private citizen.


Authorities say an Amtrak train has collided with a vehicle in south central Virginia and there are injuries.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya says in a news release that the accident occurred on Route 40 in Waverly around 6 a.m. Thursday.

Anaya says there are unknown injuries and a medical flight is heading to the scene.

Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds tells media outlets the Northeast Regional train 174 was traveling from Norfolk, Va., to Boston with 46 passengers on board. Leeds says there are no reported injuries to the passengers. She says the train will continue its route when authorities release it.

Troopers are investigating the crash.

Anaya says no other information is available.

Waverly is about 50 miles southeast of Richmond, Va.

PHOTOS: Amtrak crash into car near Richmond

POSTED: 11:14 AM EST Dec 12, 2013 

State troopers say alcohol was a factor in Thursday's collision between an Amtrak train and a vehicle. The accident happened in Waverly, about 50 miles from Richmond.

1 / 4