LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - Family and friends are mourning the loss of a 28-year-old Louisa man killed Wednesday when an Amtrak train struck a garbage truck.
Christopher Foley leaves behind a one-year-old son, according to his employer Times Disposal. His coworkers say they're doing whatever they can to help his family.
People living in the Crozet neighborhood believe the trash truck had just done the rounds nearby when the unthinkable happened.
"We was inside when we heard the noise," says Billy Riddle. "It was a loud bang."
Foley was riding in that truck with two other Times Disposal workers when the Amtrak train hit it. Loved ones say Foley was a man who worked hard to provide for his family, including a one-year-old son and a fiancee.
"I don't care what we doing, how old, how young you are - when God calls you home, you go on it," says Riddle. "We don't know why things happen in life, but He does."
An emotional Facebook post by Foley's employer says coworkers are shocked and heartbroken. A woman in the office told NBC12 through tears that it's just too hard right now to say anything.
Thursday, on the the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates, lawmakers adjourned in honor of Foley. He actually picked up the trash for Delegate Rob Bell.
"He was the man who worked the back of the garbage truck in my neighborhood, and that's how he was when he died," says Delegate Bell. "He was on the back of the truck when the train hit it. The driver of the truck made it and he didn't. I don't pretend to have known him well. We saw him in the mornings sometimes, and again, we are sorry for the loss."
A family friend, Julie Gantt, sent this message to NBC12 reporter Ashley Monfort:
Memorial details are still being worked out, but a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral expenses. By early Friday afternoon, nearly $70,000 had been raised.
In a press conference on Thursday, the NTSB says they are hoping to retrieve data from a front-facing camera on the train that was damaged from the crash, in order to learn more about what led to this tragic accident.
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