Person dead after vehicle hit, trapped between building and train

Update: police identify crash victim

By Samantha Smith - Digital Content Producer

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. - Someone is dead after driving a vehicle that was hit by a train and then trapped between the train and a building, according to Virginia State Police.

Update, 12:30 p.m. Saturday:

Virginia State Police have identified the person who died in the crash and have released more details on the incident.

They say Alberto Zaldivar Columbie, 39, of Daleville died at the scene. Columbie was driving a tractor trailer that was parked on railroad tracks.

Here is more information from police:

The crash occurred Friday at 7:16 p.m. on Riverside Circle, which is a private drive in Bedford County.

A 2012 Freightliner tractor trailer was improperly parked on the railroad tracks on Georgia Pacific plant property when the train approached. The driver, who was not in the tractor trailer as the train approached, entered the vehicle and attempted to move truck out of the path of the approaching train.

The driver then determined there was not enough time to complete the task. He then jumped from the vehicle as the train struck the passenger side, trapping the driver under the vehicle.

The operator of the Freightliner was identified as Alberto Zaldivar Columbie, 39, of Daleville, Va.  Columbie died at the scene.    

The crash remains under investigation.

Originial story, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m.:

Someone is dead after driving a vehicle that was hit by a train and then trapped between the train and a building, according to Virginia State Police.

According to authorities, a vehicle was hit by a train on Riverside Circle in Big Island just before 7:30 on Friday night. 

Authorities say they attempted to free the driver from the wreckage, but police say the person has now died. 

Police say they are unsure of what type of vehicle was involved, but say it was possibly a tractor-trailer.

This is a developing story, and more information will be added once available. 

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