Trash-truck driver in Amtrak crash indicted
A grand jury has indicted the driver of the garbage truck involved in a fatal wreck with an Amtrak train carrying congressional lawmakers headed to a GOP retreat in West Virginia, authorities said Friday.
Dana W. Naylor Jr., 31, was indicted on one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of maiming another while driving under the influence, according to the Albemarle County Police Department. A co-worker of Naylor’s who was riding in the truck was killed and several lawmakers were injured in the Jan. 31 crash near Crozet, Va.
Republican lawmakers were riding aboard a special Amtrak charter that was headed for the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. According to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board, the truck appeared to have bypassed the crossing gates and was on the tracks when it was struck by the train.
The Amtrak engineer hit the emergency brake, but the train was going too fast to avoid the collision. The train struck the left rear of the trash truck, causing it to spin and hit a railroad signal bungalow. Two passengers were ejected from the truck, which came apart, leaving a field of debris.
Video from the train’s frontfacing video camera showed that the gates were down as the crossing came into view and that the truck was on the tracks. Witnesses told investigators that the truck entered the crossing after the gates went down.