Chartered Amtrak Collides with Time Disposal Trash Truck in Crozet

The crash occurred around 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31. Photo: Mike Marshall

A chartered Amtrak passenger train carrying Republican lawmakers and family members to an annual GOP retreat at The Greenbrier in West Virginia crashed into a local Time Disposal trash truck Wednesday morning, Jan. 31 at the CSX railroad crossing at Lanetown Road near Mint Springs. The circumstances of the collision are still unclear.

The train was chartered to transport Republican lawmakers from Washington D.C. to their annual retreat at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia. Here several congressmen wait outside the train. Around 1 p.m., the train headed back east to Charlottesville, where the passengers were transferred to chartered busses and continued their trip to West Virginia. Photo: Mike Marshall.
Photo: Mike Marshall
Photo: Mike Marshall

Albemarle County Police released a statement early Thursday morning, including the name of the Time Disposal employee who died at the scene of the accident. Christopher Foley, 28, of Louisa County was one of two passengers on the truck. The other passenger and the driver were both taken to U.Va. Hospital.

Joe McCauley, owner of Time Disposal, shared a GoFundMe campaign for the family of the victim on the company’s Facebook page Thursday morning.

Update: Time posted a GoFundMe link for one of the employees who was injured. A GoFundMe for the third employee was created Friday evening.

Time Disposal, which acquired Sandridge Disposal in early January, serves a large percentage of Crozet addresses. Wednesday is the trash day for much of Crozet.

The railroad crossing at Lanetown Road was still closed Thursday afternoon as the crash investigation continued.

Photo: Mike Marshall
Photo: Mike Marshall
Emergency vehicles lining Lanetown Road. Photo: Malcolm Andrews
The crossing is near the north end of Lanetown Road, just past Orchard Drive and before it connects to Mint Springs Road/Rail Road Avenue. Map: Albemarle County and the Crozet Gazette
The rear engine of the train came to a stop near the crossing where the accident occurred. Photo: Mike Marshall
The Amtrak engine from the front of the train, which collided was damaged in the accident, was towed away late Wednesday. Photo: Drew Heilman.






  1. Why didn’t the buses do the pick up right there and all the train video, train black box recorders, signal black box recorders, signal remote monitors, SEIZED by OUR police before the evidence goes to the dub studio?

    Buckingham Branch Railroad Company [BB] 1063 Main Street Dillwyn, VA 23936. Phone: (434) 983-3300
    There are two primary sources for guidelines for “hump” crossings: the American
    Railway Engineering Association’s (AREA’s) Manual for Railway Engineering (13), and AASHTO’s A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (the Green Book) (4). AREA’s Manual for Railway Engineering (13) states that it is desirable that the surface of the highway be neither more than 3 inches higher nor more than 6 inches lower than the top of the nearest rail at a point 30 feet from the rail, measured at a right angle thereto, unless track superelevation dictates otherwise. The Green Book (4) has guidelines similar to AREA, converted to metric units, which are supplemented by comments and equations to suggest adequate sight distance for drivers.


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