A freight train accident that left one man dead and another in critical condition in Fredericksburg, Virginia, remains under an “active and ongoing” investigation, local authorities said.
Fredericksburg police said that Jeremy David Day, 30, of Fredericksburg, was killed after being struck by a CSX freight train near Prince Edward Street in downtown Fredericksburg Saturday, April 21, according to NBC 12 Richmond. The accident occurred sometime shortly before 3:25 a.m. when the first report of the collision was called in.
Mr. Day was taken to an area hospital where he died about nine hours later. The other man is in critical but stable condition at a Richmond Hospital. Other reports say the men were taken to Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg for treatment.
Fredericksburg Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Jones told the Free Lance-Star units that responded to the scene found the men underneath a tanker car of a Richmond-bound CSX train. The section of track where the men were found is on a bridge about 20 feet above street grade. It is unclear whether the men became trapped as the train approached.
A three-year total of freight train crashes from 2014 to 2017 shows that CSX trains were involved in 734 accidents during that time, the third highest rate behind Union Pacific (1,565 accidents) and BNSF (1,189 accidents).
Most recently, on March 7, CSX made news when one of its freight trains struck a Texas tour bus that became stuck on the tracks in Biloxi, Mississippi, because of the steep grade. Four bus passengers were killed and dozens of others injured in the crash.