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Police Say Train that Killed Woman in Augusta Not at Fault

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UPDATE: State police say the train that hit Andrea Gum while she drove across the tracks was not at fault. After looking at video from the train, they say she didn't stop at a stop sign or at a railroad crossing sign.


Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a train and a car in Augusta County.

Virginia State Police say Andrea Gum, 46, a nurse at the University of Virginia Medical Center, was hit by an Amtrak train while crossing the tracks on Goose Creek Road around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.  Gum died at the scene.

The train was headed toward Waynesboro en route to New York with 183 people were aboard. None of the passengers were injured.

Neighbors say they heard the train whistle, but investigators still aren't sure why Gum didn't get off the tracks.

Correction:  This story was updated to reflect that Andrea Gum worked at UVA Medical Center, not Augusta Health as originally reported.


Virginia State Police Media Release

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that claimed the life of an Augusta County woman Wednesday afternoon. At 2:13 p.m., Trooper G.W. Clifton was called to the scene in the 200 block of Route 236/Goose Creek Road. 

 

As a 2001 GMC Jimmy crossed the railroad tracks at the end of a private drive, it pulled into the path of an eastbound Amtrak train. The engineer immediately braked, but was unable to stop the train in time. The train struck the GMC Jimmy, which was thrown off the tracks. The SUV overturned several times. Its driver, Andrea Jane Johnson Gum, 46, of Fishersville, Va., was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. 

 

None of the 195 passengers or the engineer was injured in the crash. The train, which was en route to Charlottesville, suffered minor damage. 

 

Corinne N. Geller

Public Relations Director

Virginia State Police

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