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Perry man injured when trail derails in Virginia

Herald Staff

December 12, 2012

A Perry County man was one of two Eastern Kentucky residents inside a van when it was hit during a train derailment this past weekend.


Jason Williams, 33, of Viper, was a passenger in the van, used to transport employees, when the train laden with coal derailed, landing on top of the vehicle, according a WYMT report. The derailment occurred at midnight on Sunday in Lee County, Va.


Williams was airlifted to the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tn., while a second passenger in the van, 31-year-old Jamie Collins of Baxter in Harlan County, was transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.


The television station reported that an investigation in ongoing, but no further details have been released.