Trash-truck driver in Am­trak crash in­dicted

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Lori Aratani

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.

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