Single vehicle accident closes railway in Buckhannon

A single-car accident sent one person to the hospital and shut down a portion of railroad in Buckhannon Monday afternoon.

A female passenger, whose name was not released, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon for treatment, said Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory. The male driver of the car was reportedly not injured The accident occurred around 2:40 p.m. on Fifth Street near the Suddenlink office.

The driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle and went off the right side of the road into a wooden wall and over the bank next to the road and tracks. The signal lights near the tracks fell onto the railway during the impact. The Upshur County Communications Center notified the Appalachian and Ohio Railroad of the accident. A&O Railroad then closed the railway and responded to the scene.

Willie Shaver, a roadmaster for the A&O Railroad, said the cost of damages were uncertain at this point.

“As far as the track is concerned, there’s no damage to the track,” Shaver said. “Every train that comes by will have to stop, get out and flag the crossing until it’s known to be clear and proceed over it because the (signal) lights won’t be working.”

Shaver said he was awaiting representatives from CSX Transportation, Inc. in Grafton to inspect the area because of the issues regarding the signal lights. He said that a “stop and flag” order will have to be placed with the Baltimore, Md., dispatcher before the tracks can be reopened to rail traffic. Train operators will be notified of the order through the dispatcher and on a train bulletin, Shaver said.

CSX signal supervisor Terry Mayfield said he had employees on scene, but did not have a damage estimate at this time.

The Upshur County Emergency Medical Squad, the Buckhannon Police Department and the Buckhannon Fire Department all responded to the scene.