Early Morning Collision with Train Leaves One Dead in Charleston County, S.C
Charleston County, S.C. - Charleston County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating why a man driving a pickup truck ignored warnings and signals at a train crossing and slammed into a CSX train, according to WTOC.com.The collision occurred at approximately 2:00 a.m., Friday, August 3, 2018, on Highway 162. Law enforcement officers had to shut down the highway for at least three hours while crews cleaned the wreckage and officers could perform their investigation.*
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as Sidtonio Smalls from Hollywood, SC. Mr. Smalls was 48 years of age. The coroner’s office said that Smalls died from the injuries he sustained in the crash.
Investigators are trying to determine why Smalls would ignore signals informing drivers to stop to allow an approaching train to pass. Sheriff’s deputies confirmed that the railroad crossing at Highway 162 near McCombs Road has crossing gates which were in working order at the time of thecrash. Additionally, the audible signal, which is usually a loud bell, was working at the time according to the investigating officers.
Police may never know why Smalls avoided the warning signs and drove into the train. The outcome of the autopsy might provide some information. Police might be able to trace his last few hours before the crash to determine what he was doing. Additionally, police could interview Smalls’ family to learn about his frame of mind before the fatal crash.
Photographs public on WTOC.com show Smalls’ dark-colored pickup truck on its side as if it bounced off of the train and flipped over, resting on the roof and passenger’s side door. The front of the pickup appears to be completely crushed in.
In 2017 nationwide, cars and trains collided over 2,100 times. Among those crashes, 274 people died, and another 807 people suffered varying degrees of injury. Driver frequently becomes frustrated with waiting at crossings while waiting for trains and try to beat them across. Most, if not all, of these accidents, could be avoided if people remained patient and waited for the train to pass.
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