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NTSB: Impaired truck driver likely cause of GOP train crash

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 file photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck struck by a train carrying Republican congressmen in Crozet, Va. Federal investigators have released nearly 100 documents that detail last year's fatal accident. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Keith Holloway said the information was made public Tuesday, March 19, 2019 "in anticipation that a final report may be issued soon." (Allison Wrabel/ The Daily Progress via AP, File)

CROZET, Va. (AP) — Federal investigators say a trash truck driver was likely under the influence of marijuana and anti-seizure medication when his vehicle was struck by an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers in Virginia last year.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued its final report on the accident Thursday. The crash killed a passenger in the truck and injured a congressman and others on the train.

The NTSB said the probable cause was the truck driver’s decision to enter a railroad crossing with the gates down and his inaction after encountering obstacles on the tracks.

The NTSB said his decisions were “most likely due to his impairment.”

The driver was charged locally on involuntary manslaughter and DUI.

A judge threw out blood evidence. A jury acquitted the driver of manslaughter last month.

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