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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 18, 2021

Virginia man charged with crashing tractor trailer into train in Charles City

By Community Member | August 26, 2021 12:40 am

A Virginia man who crashed his truck into a train in Charles City County will face charges according to a police report.

Russell P. Claytor Jr., 22, of Green Bay, has been charged with failure to maintain control of a vehicle and failure to obtain a registration stemming from the Aug. 24 accident.

According to the Virginia State Police report, at approximately 6:31 p.m. officers responded to a crash on Route 106 (Roxbury Road) just south of Barnetts Road at a controlled railroad crossing. The preliminary investigation indicates a 1995 International tractor trailer hauling logs was headed north on Route 106 when it veered into southbound lanes, passed several vehicles, and struck a stop freight train. Two of the railroad cars were partially derailed, and all railroad crossing equipment was activated and function.

Claytor was the operator of the tractor trailer and wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. He declined treatment and transport for his injuries. No injuries were reported from train personnel.

The investigation remains ongoing.