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Driver Who Attempted to Beat Train Charged in Death of Three Passengers

August 08, 2018

SOUTH FULTON, GA- The reports that a woman who attempted to beat an oncoming train is now facing charges in connection with the death of three people who were in the vehicle with her at the time. The driver was the only person in the vehicle to survive after a freight train struck her Chevrolet Impala.*

Lt. Derrick Rogers gave no indication as to how long the investigation into the deadly accident would take, and stated that investigators “have to cross every ‘t’and dot every ‘i.’” 

The sole survivor, Doreen Carter is believed to have crossed the tracks after the gates lowered at Buffington Road and Roosevelt Highway on Monday, July 30, 2018. The train struck the Impala with immense force and sent debris flying according to witnesses. 

Carter’s sister, daughter, and her daughter’s friend were all killed in the impact. The victims were named as Lidonda Carter, 40, Santan’ia McDowell, 18, and Mackenzie Mack,15. Carter suffered injuries, but the injuries were not life-threatening. 

Witnesses to Monday’s horrific accident described the scene. One witness described screaming at the car to stop as the train approached and blared its horn. The engine, airbagsand other parts of the vehicle were projected into the air. 

In 2017, Georgia had 104 railway crossing accidents that resulted in four deaths and 36 injuries. While railroad crossing deaths have been on the decline, across the United States, 274 people died in vehicle accidents involving trains in 2017. 

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