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Crozet Neighbors Remember Louisa County Man Killed in Train Crash

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Christopher Foley Christopher Foley
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Authorities continue to investigate scene of a deadly train crash in Crozet Authorities continue to investigate scene of a deadly train crash in Crozet
Authorities continue to investigate scene of a deadly train crash in Crozet Authorities continue to investigate scene of a deadly train crash in Crozet
Authorities continue to investigate scene of a deadly train crash in Crozet Authorities continue to investigate scene of a deadly train crash in Crozet
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Federal authorities continue to investigate Wednesday’s deadly train crash in Crozet.

A team with the National Transportation Safety Board was back at the site of the crash early Thursday, February 1.

Twenty-eight-year-old Christopher Foley was riding with two other workers in a Time Disposal garbage truck when it was hit by a chartered Amtrak train around 11:18 a.m. Wednesday, January 31. Authorities say the Louisa County man died from injuries he sustained from the crash.

The University of Virginia Medical Center says one of the workers from the garbage truck is in critical condition, while a third worker is in fair condition. Time Disposal says the two other workers are Dennis Eddy and Dana, no last name was given.

"We think they are our neighborhood guys, but we're not 100 percent sure, because there might be two teams out here,” said Vickie Gresge, who lives near the Lanetown Road site of the crash.

Gresge says she was in her home when she heard a massive boom.

“I said ‘we got to help them,’ because there wasn't anybody here yet, and the two guys were on the ground and I got up closer and realized they were in really bad shape,” she said.

The chartered Amtrak train was carrying Republican legislators, staff, and security members to an annual retreat at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona said they were going at a pretty good speed when they felt the impact. He described people being thrown around inside the train cars, and how he and other members jumped into action to help the injured.

"[Senators Brad Wenstrup and Bill Cassidy] were working on the man, the deceased. CPR was performed for a long time, but it didn't work. And then the other person was severely injured," said Sen. Flake.

“I saw them doing CPR on one man. I didn’t see the second man at first, but I just jumped in and said ‘what do you need help with? I’m a nurse,’” said Lynn Olmsted, who lives next door to Gresge.

Olmsted says she helped administer CPR and gather blankets and IV's.

“I kind of ran back to the house and rallied some other neighbors,” she said.

Both women say they think the victims of this tragedy are their regular garbage collectors, and have only the highest of compliments for the Time Disposal workers.

“The guys are great, they’re amazing, their service is incredible. If you forget to bring your can out, they’ll go get it. They smile all the time,” said Gresge.

“Weekly we waved to them, and you know, say ‘thank you.’ They were always very friendly and professional,” Olmsted said.

A GoFundMe fundraiser is collecting donations to help Foley's family. Neighbors are grieving his loss and encouraging anyone who can to donate.

A GoFundMe fundraiser has also been made for Eddy. According to the company, Dana asked Time Disposal to not to start a GoFundMe for him.

UVA Medical Center reports four other patients from the crash have been released. Amtrak had stated that two crew members and two passengers had minor injuries.

The Virginia Department of Transportation assisted with traffic control as a portion of Route 684 / Lanetown Rd. had to be closed off for the investigation.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) began a news conference around 4:35 p.m. at the Albemarle County Police Department. It has already ruled out foul play in the train crash.

Officials say the Amtrak train was going 61 miles-per-hour in a 60 mph zone, and that video from the train will be reviewed. Additionally, the control box for the train crossing was destroyed in the crash and they are unsure if those railroad crossing arms were down at the time of the incident.

NTSB is asking anyone who witnessed the crash, or has photos or videos of it, to contact them at witness@ntsb.gov.

Editor's Note: This is a developing story, we are working to get more information and will bring you updates here on NBC29.com.