The driver and passengers involved in a deadly crash with a train in Fauquier County, Virginia, have been identified by Virginia State Police. The driver, Jeremiah A.T. Greenfield, 19, suffered serious injuries and was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital. One passenger, Haidan B. Smallwood, 18, died from life-threatening injuries, while the other passenger, Nakii Russell, 20, had minor injuries. The driver of the stolen Honda Accord crossed the centerline and disregarded the railroad crossing arms before colliding with the oncoming train. Charges are pending as the investigation continues. Tannock Blair reported
The Virginia State Police have released the identities of the driver and passengers involved in a fatal collision with a train in Fauquier County. The tragic incident occurred in Delaplane at around 12:15 a.m. on August 2nd, at the junction of Winchester Road and Delaplane Grade Road.
According to authorities, a 2015 Honda Accord was traveling northbound on Winchester Road when it encountered a line of stationary vehicles waiting for an approaching Norfolk Southern train at a railroad crossing. Rather than patiently waiting with the rest of the traffic, the Honda driver made the ill-advised decision to cross the centerline, maneuvered around the stopped vehicles, disregarded the lowered railroad crossing arms, and tragically collided head-on with the oncoming train.
Thankfully, the Norfolk Southern train remained at the scene following the incident. The driver of the stolen Honda, identified as 19-year-old Jeremiah A.T. Greenfield from Winchester, Virginia, sustained serious injuries in the crash and was promptly airlifted to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for medical treatment.
The two passengers in the Honda have also been identified. Eighteen-year-old Haidan B. Smallwood from Berryville suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital, where she tragically succumbed to her injuries. Nakii Russell, a 20-year-old from Leesburg, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment.
It is worth noting that all occupants of the Honda were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision, demonstrating the importance of seatbelt usage. Fortunately, no injuries were reported among the train’s passengers.
The investigation into the crash is still ongoing, with Virginia State Police collaborating with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. As a result, charges are pending against the driver, and further details will likely emerge as the investigation progresses..