UPDATE: Man identified after fatal crash involving tractor trailer and train in Bedford County

Published: Sep. 14, 2018 at 8:05 PM EDT
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Virginia State Police are still investigating a fatal crash involving a vehicle and train in Bedford County.

Troopers say the crash happened around 7:15 p.m. on Riverside Circle, which is a private drive.

They say a 2012 freightliner tractor trailer was improperly parked on the Georgia Pacific plant property, across the tracks.

The driver, identified as Alberto Columbie, 39, of Daleville, was not in the truck when the train approached, but got into the cab to try and move the vehicle out of the way.

Columbie realized there wasn’t enough time to move the truck, and troopers say he jumped out as the train passed. The train hit the passenger side of the truck, and trapped Columbie underneath.

Troopers say Columbie died on the scene.


Officials confirm a man was killed in a crash involving a vehicle and a train Friday night.

Officials said a vehicle was hit by a train on Riverside Circle in Big Island around 7:23 p.m.

According to State Police, the vehicle was trapped between the train and a building.

The crash also caused a small explosion.

Officials have not yet released the identity of the man who died.

Stay with WDBJ7 for updates.


rews are responding to a crash involving a vehicle and a train in Bedford County.

The Bedford County Fire & Rescue Special Operations Command confirmed in a tweet that they are "responding for a car vs train with Entrapment Rescue 5 and Rescue 1. Responding with Co. 2 and co.3".

WDBJ7 has a crew headed to the scene to learn more information.

Stay with WDBJ7 for updates.