Three Women Die In South Fulton Train Collision
SOUTH FULTON, GA (11Alive.com) -Three women died in a collision with a CSX train around 4:00 p.m., Monday, July 30, 2018, in South Fulton. A fourth woman, the person reportedly driving the vehicle involved in the collision with the train remains hospitalized, according to the USA Today. The accident occurred on Buffington Road, within a short distance from Roosevelt Highway.*
A witness to the violent wreck told authorities that the car involved swerved around two other cars stopped at the tracks. The driver of the auto apparently tried to cut over the tracks to avoid waiting at the gates. The train was nearly at the crossing, and the engineer did not have any time to react to the intersecting car. The impact of the CSX freight train and the passenger car was tremendous. The train pushed the car a long distance down the tracks and eventually into a wooded area.
CSX expressed gratitude to local first responders who arrived at the scene as quickly as they did to render aid. Unfortunately, two of the women died at the crash scene. A third woman made it to the hospital but died there. The driver suffered severe injuries, and her condition is unknown at this time. CSX did not state whether any of its employees were hurt in the accident.
Law enforcement officers in conjunction with railroad officials from CSX are investigating what happened. South Fulton police have no issued any criminal charges or citations for a civil infraction at this time.
Train and auto collisions occur frequently. According to statistics generated by Georgia's Operation Lifesaver, a charity dedicated to promoting train crossing safety, 101 auto and train collisions were recorded in 2016. Only five people died, and 30 people suffered injuries in those accidents. However, the group estimates that every three hours a car or pedestrian collides with a train in the United States. Operation Lifesaver also calculates that an average freight train, like the CSX train involved in this case, traveling at only 55 miles per hour needs one mile to come to a complete stop. It stands to reason that the train operator was helpless to avoid colliding with the car that crossed the tracks on Monday.
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