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February 1, 2018

CROZET, Va. (AP) — The man who was killed when a train carrying Republican congressmen struck a garbage truck in rural Virginia was the father of a 1-year-old boy and was well-liked by his co-workers and customers.

Christopher Foley was an employee of Time Disposal. He was killed Wednesday when an Amtrak train taking the GOP lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia slammed into the trash truck in Crozet, Virginia.

Foley’s co-workers called him “a friend and a brother.” By late Thursday morning, a GoFundMe page set up by co-workers to help Foley’s family listed more than $7,000 in contributions, some from people who said the 28-year-old Foley collected their trash.

Roger Lehr is an 82-year-old retired professor. He says Foley and his co-workers had picked up his trash about an hour before the crash. He said Foley always rode on the back of the truck. He said the crew did a great job and would sometimes run up his driveway to get his trash if he had forgotten to put it out in time.

Of the six people injured in the crash, four people have been discharged from UVA Medical Center, one patient remains in critical condition and another is in fair condition.

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