ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- "I truly felt that we were soul mates," said Adriana Puentes, the fiancée of Christopher Foley. "I just don't know what to do."
Christopher Foley, of Lousia, died last Wednesday. He was inside the garbage truck involved in a collision with an Amtrak train in western Crozet.
Foley was 28-years-old. Foley and Puentes met in 2011. The couple has a child together, 17-month-old Rylan.
"His memory is always going to live through Rylan," said Puentes. "He’s the spitting image of Chris, so it’s the best reminder I have that no matter what, Chris is always going to be with me."
Foley worked at Time Disposal Waste Management. After hearing about the crash from Foley’s mother, Adriana called the company.
"As soon as he said Chris’ name, my heart just kind of sank," said Puentes. "My mind was racing because at that moment I didn’t know he, he didn’t make it.
Puentes' sister, Joann Scott, also heard the news and went to go pick up her sister to drive her to the hospital.
"I didn’t want to freak out yet because we didn’t know anything," said Scott. "Then we found out someone had died in the accident. The whole time, I'm just thinking to myself, please don’t let that be Chris, please don’t let that be Chris."
As Puentes was getting ready to go to the hospital she heard a knock at the door.
"The Louisa County cops are there," she recalled. "My first question for them was, ‘are you guys here because Chris died?’ and they told they just wanted to talk about it. I told them that my son was inside and that I’d rather talk outside. They just said that there was an accident and that Chris was the only fatality of that accident."
The family says they know they have a difficult time ahead without Foley by their sides, but that they are grateful for the support of the community.
"I believe that it was legitimately like love at first sight with them," said Scott. "Luckily, she has strength coming at her from every direction, including people that aren’t members of the family, the community as well I know that they’re there to support her."