UPDATE 11:46 a.m.: Virginia State Police shared new details about a Wednesday night crash in Pittsylvania County involving a sports car and a train, including the name of the Campbell County woman who died.
According to police, the single-vehicle crash took place shortly after 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 on Route 29, one mile north of Sycamore Creek Road.
Authorities say a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ran off the right side of the road and hit an embankment, ejecting the driver. The car then came to rest on the railroad tracks, where it was later hit by a train.
The driver of the Camaro — identified by Virginia State Police as 35-year-old Cheryl Blanche Clark of Altavista — was not wearing her seatbelt and died at the scene of the crash.
Officials tell WFXR News they determined that Clark died before the train collided with the car, adding that the woman was not hit by the train.
Gretna Fire and Rescue says crews were dispatched to the wreck and found the heavily damaged car on the railroad tracks, as well as the woman’s body nearby. Units stayed at the scene until approximately 2 a.m. on Thursday, June 30 to remove the vehicle and assist state troopers.
As of this writing, police say this deadly crash is still under investigation.
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A person lost their life Wednesday night following a collision involving a train and a vehicle in Pittsylvania County, officials say.
According to Pittsylvania County Public Safety Director Christopher Key, the 911 center received a call at approximately 10:37 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 about a train hitting a vehicle just off Route 29 at Sycamore Creek Road.
Key tells WFXR News that the person was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, which is being investigated by Virginia State Police.
There is no word on any other injuries or damage to the train following the crash.