When it comes to a train versus a car, it’s a no-brainer who is going to win. Yet, many people still decide to chance fate and try and beat a train at railroad crossings. According to the Federal Railway Association, in 2015, there were 2,059 accidents at railway crossings. These accidents resulted in 967 injuries and 244 fatalities. When traveling 55 m.p.h., it can take a train at least a mile to come to a complete stop. When at a railroad crossing, always pay attention to and obey the crossing arms and lights. If the crossing does not have arms or lights, pay close attention. If a train is coming, don’t chance trying to be faster than the locomotive.
The AJC reports on a man who was killed, and his grandson injured in a crash with a train. On July 4th, a man from Middle Georgia was killed and his grandson was injured in a collision with a train. 61-year-old Melvin Reynolds of Reynolds was driving across the train tracks on Crest Hill Street. His 11-year-old grandson was in the vehicle with him. The area has stop signs, but there are no crossing arms.
Officers responded to the scene at about 4:30 p.m. after an officer in the area witnessed the crash. According to police, the train pushed the car about a mile down the road and into a ravine. The Norfolk Southern train was on its way to Macon.
Turner and his grandson were both flown to a hospital after they were extracted from the vehicle. Turner succumbed to his injuries. The boy was in the intensive care unit.
This is the first deadly crash at the Crest Hill Street crossing.
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