Driver Faces Charges After Collision With Amtrak Train In Jarratt

Michael Campbell May 5, 2014

JARRATT – New information has been released in connection to a collision between a car and a train in Sussex County near the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt Monday afternoon.

In a release, Virginia State Police Sergeant Michelle Anaya confirmed that 50-year-old Duane Anthony Hodges “drove his vehicle around the crossing arms, which were in the down position, and in proper operating order,” which led to his car being struck by a northbound traveling Amtrak train.

According to investigators, the train was traveling at approximately 70 miles per hour and had over 550 passengers on board when it hit the 2004 Acura on Route 397, also known as Corrections Drive.

Hodges was flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond with “life-threatening injuries.” There have been no reports of injuries of any passengers on the Amtrak train.

“Currently this is an ongoing investigation and charges are pending,” closed Anaya.

Sussex-Surry Dispatch will have continuing coverage and we will update this story as more information becomes available.


JARRATT – Sussex County law enforcement and Virginia State Police are investigating an accident that involved a train and a passenger vehicle.

According to Virginia State Police Spokesperson Corrine Geller, troopers were called to the railroad crossing on Route 397, Corrections Way, by the Sussex County Sheriff’s after reports of a collision between a train and a car at 2:51 p.m. Monday afternoon.

The driver inside the car was flown to a medical center but the identity of the driver remains unknown. Corrections Way connects U.S. Route 360 to the Greensville Correctional Center in the town of Jarratt.

The train tracks run across Route 397 and there are lights and an arm that come down to block the crossing when trains are passing through. Geller did say there was “property damage” but what was damaged and to what extent remains unclear.

County Detective Derrick McKenzie said that the investigation is being handled by Virginia State Police.

Those traveling in the area should expect delays.

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