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Crash at railroad crossing in Charles City claims life of one

By Robb Johnson | September 8, 2022 9:40 am

Emergency personnel block the roadway at the scene of a Sept. 7 deadly crash in Charles City County.

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One person has died in Charles City as the result of a car crash into a passenger train on Sept. 7.

Virginia State Police and Charles City Sheriff’s Office responded to the railroad tracks on Roxbury Road (Route 106) near the Barnetts Road intersection shortly after 5 p.m. According to the Virginia State Police report, a 2008 Lexus ES350 was traveling northbound on Roxbury Road when it encountered a railroad crossing with the gates and signals engaged. The Lexus drove around the gate arms and was struck by a westbound Amtrak Train.

The driver of the Lexus, George H. Haupt Jr., 76, of Urbanna, died at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The crash remains under investigation.