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Car accident involving train in New Kent results in fatality

By Community Member | March 12, 2021 8:01 am

A heavily damaged vehicle is the result of a late night accident that involved a train Thursday night in New Kent.

Photo courtesy of the Virginia State Police

A late night crash on Mar. 11 in New Kent that involved a train has resulted in the death of a Lanexa woman.

Freda Pruitt, 55, succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the accident.

According to a Virginia State Police report, at 11:25 p.m. officers responded to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Outpost Road just south of Rockahock Road. A preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Honda Odyssey was traveling east on Rockahock Road before turning south onto Outpost Road when it was struck by a freight train traveling east.

The train did not derail. Neither the conductor nor the engineer were injured. The railroad crossing is controlled by a stop sign.

The investigation remains ongoing.