Man charged in backhoe incident involving Amtrak train

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The incident occurred on Bellevue Road west of Forest, Va.
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FOREST, Va. — Police have charged a man with reckless driving after a backhoe operator lost control of his machine, fell onto a set of railroad tracks, and was hit by an Amtrak train on June 16, Roanoke, Va.'s NBC affiliate reports.

The incident took place on Bellevue Road near Forest along Norfolk Southern’s Blue Ridge District between Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va. According to the article, the operator lost control of his backhoe and fell over a vehicular bridge spanning NS tracks below.

Moments later, his backhoe was hit by an Amtrak train making trials runs between Lynchburg and Roanoke in preparation for new passenger service starting later this year.

No injuries were reported to the operator or train crew.

The Amtrak test train consisted of one locomotive and two Amfleet passenger cars. No passengers were on board due to it being a test train.

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