State Patrol Investigating Collision Between Train, Car in Effingham County, GA
EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GA. – The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a collision between a train and car in Effingham County, Georgia, according to a news story reported online by wtoc.com. Troopers have released little information about the accident so far.*
The accident occurred on the night of February 15 on Old Augusta Road in Rincon, Effingham County, Georgia. The exact time of the collision was not reported. Troopers said the collision involved a car and a train. State Patrol did not immediately report any fatalities, but it is not clear if that information has changed. Current information about injuries is not available.
Authorities have not indicated how or why the accident happened. They did not provide the crossing where the crash occurred or identify anyone involved. The rail company owning the train and the tracks was not named in early reports. More information is expected to be released at a later time.
According to another recent news report, Georgia was ranked No. 5 in states with the most collisions at railroad crossings, including collisions between trains and cars and collisions between trains and people.
Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit group, ranked all states in the country by number of railroad collisions and published tips for avoiding these accidents. The tips were aimed at drivers and pedestrians because train operators can do almost nothing to avoid collisions due to the size and weight of trains. It takes trains miles to stop when an operator sees an imminent crash.
Drivers should never enter a railroad crossing when the lights are flashing and should never drive around the gates at the crossing. If drivers believe the gates have been lowered in error, they should contact the rail service.
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Sources: http://www.wtoc.com/2019/02/16/gsp-investigating-crash-involving-train-car-old-augusta-road-rincon/ and https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/how-to-stay-safe-when-driving-walking-near-railroad-crossings/915622129
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