Couple celebrating 50th anniversary named as victims of Amtrak crash

Couple celebrating 50th anniversary named as victims of Amtrak crash


A Georgia couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary have been identified as two of the victims killed when an Amtrak train derailed in Montana last weekend.

Don Varnadoe and his wife Margie Varnadoe, of St. Simons Island, were aboard the Empire Builder when it went off track along a gradual curve in the rural town of Joplin on Saturday.

The pair spent months planning their highly-anticipated cross-country adventure and Don, a beloved real estate broker, frequently shared his excitement about the trip with his colleagues.

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“He said, ‘This is our trip of a lifetime and we’re so looking forward to it,’” Varnadoe’s boss, Robert Kozlowski, recalled in an interview with the Associated Press.

On Friday, a day before the fatal wreck, Don called his co-workers at Coldwell Banker Access Realty in the port city of Brunswick to give them an update on their travels.

“He had called the office and said how excited they were,” said

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