A man is dealing with the sudden loss of his wife after a train accident in Augusta County Wednesday afternoon on Goose Creek Road. Carlos Gum sat down with us Thursday to talk about his grief, and the legacy of caring Andrea Gum leaves behind.
Andrea Gum was was hit by an Amtrak train while crossing the tracks in her car on Goose Creek Road around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. She died at the scene.
Besides being a University of Virginia nurse and caring for patients, Andrea also went above and beyond for family, friends, neighbors and pets. Her nature is why this loss is especially hard for the community to overcome.
Andrea had already packed her bags in anticipation of a family vacation to the lake.
"I'll never forget those words. Ever, ever, ever. ‘Carlos, she's gone. She's gone'. I tell people that all the time on my floor when they pass away, they're gone. But you know, it's not the same. It's not the same," said Gum.
Gum met his wife through work 11 years ago. Andrea had been an RN her whole adult life. On Wednesday, she took a sick day because she'd come down with an infection, but it didn't stop her from still looking after others.
"She still called the hospital. And checked on my neighbor. That was her. She'd get out of that bed no matter how sick she was to take care of anybody," said Gum.
That afternoon, Andrea tried to go through the railroad crossing she'd passed thousands of times. Investigators still don't know exactly what happened, but a train hit her car and she died at the scene.
"That was it. My life was over. That was it. Because she was my life," said Gum.
The 46-year-old loved her garden, the outdoors and relatives say she was always smiling.
Carlos and her other loved ones are taking solace in religion and leaning on one other through this difficult time - but the one person they rely on for comfort is no longer within reach.
"Oh, it hurts so bad. And she's not here to take the hurt away," said Gum.
Virginia State Police are investigating this incident, and an autopsy is scheduled. Family members are still figuring out funeral arrangements and how they want to say goodbye to her.
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