2 men dead after collision between train and truck in Staunton

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (Mar. 13):

A second person has died after a collision between a train and a pickup truck in Staunton on Monday.

Homer Moats, 53, of Staunton, died at the UVA Medical Center at about 12:44 a.m. after suffering serious injuries when the Dodge pickup he was in, along with 46-year-old Eugene Williams, was struck by a train near Montgomery Hall Park.

According to Staunton police, the truck was driving south on a private driveway off of Buttermilk Spring Rd. and failed to stop for a stop sign at a private train crossing.

As the truck passed over the tracks, it was hit by an eastbound Buckingham Branch train, knocking the truck on its side and killing Williams.

Police say the investigation into the crash remains ongoing.


One person is dead and another seriously injured after a collision between a train and a vehicle in Staunton on Monday afternoon.

According to Staunton police, an eastbound Buckingham branch train struck a Dodge pickup truck around at 2:18 p.m. on Monday.

The crash occurred in the 500 block of Buttermilk Spring Rd., which is off of Rt. 262 near Montgomery Hall Park, at a private railroad crossing.

Since the crossing is not public, there is no crossing guard at the location.

Police say 46-year-old Eugene Williams, of Staunton, died at the scene. Homer Moats, 53, also of Staunton, was transported to Augusta Health and then to the UVA Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition.

The Staunton Police Department continues to investigate the collision. They have not identified who was driving the truck at the time of the crash or determined the circumstances leading up to it.