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(USA TODAY)-- A logging truck slammed into a fall tourism train at a rail crossing in eastern West Virginia on Friday afternoon, killing the trucker and injuring all 66 rail passengers and crew members, officials said.
Three tourists were critically injured in the accident, which happened at 1:30 p.m. at a crossing on along U.S. Route 250 on Cheat Mountain, about 160 miles east of Charleston, Randolph County emergency services director James Wise told WCHS-TV. Two of the three cars of the Cheat Mountain Salamander overturned.
Ambulances transported 21 people to a hospital in Elkins, while 45 with lesser injuries were transported by bus, Wise told reporters.
The truck driver's identity was not immediately released. The Pocahontas Timesidentified him as Danny Kimble, of Durbin, W. Va.
The train, owned by Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, was carrying tourists on a day-long, 88-mile excursion through Appalachian spruce forests and mountain wilderness at the peak of fall foliage. The train carried 63 passengers and a crew of three, said Sandy Burky, director of passenger services.
The diesel-powered train left Elkins, W. Va., at 10:15 a.m. and was to return at 5 p.m.
State clean-up crews were called to remove a large fuel spill, a spokesman for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told the Associated Press.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved and the emergency responders working the tragic accident in Randolph County this afternoon," the governor said in a statement.