99 passengers return to Elkins via bus
BEMIS — An excursion train carrying 99 passengers and seven crew members derailed in Bemis in Randolph County late Saturday afternoon, officials said.
No one was harmed in the accident. All the passengers were helped from the train by emergency workers and then taken by bus back to Elkins, Randolph County Sheriff Rob Elbon said.
Officials with Mountain Rail said the train — the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s New Tygart Flyer, which was traveling from the High Falls of Cheat back to the Elkins Railyard — and the rails sustained only minor damage.
Officials added that the train will be removed from the track within the coming week.
Elbon said Assistant Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Joseph Arbogast provided several school buses and drivers Saturday to aid in bringing the passengers back to Elkins. A tour bus also was used.
The sheriff said all the passengers signed medical releases indicating they were not injured. EMS Director Kurt Gainer coordinated having tables set up with forms outside the EMS Station in the Elkins Industrial Park.
The passengers disembarked from the bus briefly to sign the forms and were then taken on to the Elkins Railyard.
“The whole operation went very smoothly. Randolph County’s emergency responders are top-notch,” Elbon told The Inter-Mountain.
“The fire departments and EMS in this county are second to none,” the sheriff said. “They’re professional.”
Responding to the scene in addition to the Sheriff’s Office were the Randolph County EMS and several local fire departments, including the Harman, Beverly and Elkins departments.