Collision Between Train and Truck Kills One in Georgia
GEORGIA- The times-herald.com reports that a man was killed in a train crash that was the second within a week to occur on the same stretch of tracks. The victim was identified as 41-year-old Scott Brannon Duke of Acworth, Georgia. Duke died on Monday, October 8, 2018.*
Duke was attempting to cross over the tracks at the crossing located at Groover Road and N. Hwy. 29 when his truck was hit by a train. The train collided with the right side of the vehicle and caused it to turn over before landed on its side.
Reports indicate that Duke was not using a seatbelt when the crash took place. The victim was ejected from his vehicle and died at the site of the crash. No one else was in the truck when the train hit it, and there were no other injuries reported in connection to the accident.
The crossing where Duke was hit did not have arms or lights. Last week another driver’s vehicle was hit by a train a nearby intersection located two miles from where Duke was killed.
According to Operation Lifesaver, drivers should always expect the presence of a train when they are trying to cross tracks. Train schedules are unpredictable, and there is always a chance that one is nearby.
It is also important to remember that trains are not able to make quick stops. If a train is traveling towards an intersection at 55 miles per hour and sees a vehicle crossing the tracks, it will take the train over a mile to stop. It isalso important to note that trains are typically closer than they appear and moving faster. When cars are struck by trains, the collision can be compared to a car hitting a soda can.
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