Driving along your daily commute and seeing those crossing bars come down on a train track can be inconvenient. If a person is already running late, it can be tempting to try and beat the train over the tracks. Unfortunately, this can have serious and deadly consequences. A 30-car freight train hitting a car is roughly the equivalent of that car running over a can of soda. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, in 2017, there were 2,107 car-versus-train collisions. Of those, 274 people were killed and 807 people were injured. It is best to always wait until the train has passed to continue.
WSBTV reports on a fatal car and train collision in south Fulton County. The accident happened on Monday, July 30th at about 4:00 p.m. at the intersection of Buffington Road and Roosevelt Highway.
Three women inside the car were killed and another suffered minor injuries in the crash.
A witness, Shardai Jett, was sitting at the intersection waiting for the train to pass when the car came out of nowhere. She said that she tried to warn the people in the car, but her window was rolled up. She watched as the train struck the car.
The impact sent a Chevy Impala flying across the tracks. Three women inside the car were killed.
Jett exited her vehicle to try and provide aid to those inside the car. Jett said that she saw one of the women, who was pregnant, had passed away.
The victims have been identified as 40-year-old Lidonda Carter, 18-year-old Santania McDowell, and 16-year-old Mackenzie Mack. A fourth victim is recovering from their injuries at Grady Memorial Hospital.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing, but Jett said that the crossing arms were down and the train was blowing its horn at the crossing.
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