The Gainesville Times reports that one person was killed and another injured when a train hit a van. Just before 7 a.m. on Wednesday, August 7th, a train struck a van in Flowery Branch, Georgia. The collision resulted in one person being killed and another person injured.
The Hall County Coroner James Bell reported that the deceased individual was a Latino male. The person who was seriously injured was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and was listed in serious condition. A third passenger was able to get out of the van before the collision.
Preliminary investigation findings reveal that the van was on the tracks as the Norfolk Southern train approached. The collision occurred near the intersection of Lights Ferry Road and Atlanta Highway.
The intersection is busy and has two convenience stores and sees traffic exiting and entering Interstate 985.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the incident.
Operation Lifesaver is an organization that is dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities, and injuries that occur at railroad crossings. Preliminary statistics indicate that in 2018, there were 2,214 collisions that occurred at railroad crossings. These collisions resulted in 270 fatalities and 819 injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four crashes occur within 25 miles of a motorist’s home. Half of all crashes occur within 5 miles of a person’s home. A person is 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than another motor vehicle.
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