Man Killed in Train Collision in Hiram, Georgia
HIRAM, GA. – According to an online news story reported by 11alive.com, a man was killed in a train collision in Hiram, Georgia. The man was reportedly on the railroad tracks near downtown Hiram and was struck by an oncoming freight train.*
The accident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. on February 2. Fire crews and 11 Alive report that a man was walking in the area of downtown Hiram and stepped onto the tracks on Main Street. An oncoming train then struck the man. He did not survive the incident, according to officials.
Investigators have not yet determined why the man was on the railroad tracks. His name has not been released at this time. It appears from the 11 Alive report that Norfolk Southern has opened an investigation into the accident to determine what happened. No further information was reported in the news report.
A story from USA Today* indicates that train operators have little chance to avoid accidents when cars or people are on train tracks. An operator can sound the train’s horn but will likely not have time to stop before an accident happens. It can take miles for a train to stop. Around 2,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to accidents on railroad tracks.
The accidents result in tragedy for motorists and pedestrians and also cause emotional trauma for train operators and engineers. The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 allows rail workers time off when a fatal accident has occurred, due to the likelihood that the workers involved will experience anxiety and depression following the event.
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Source:https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/dallas-paulding-county/man-hit-killed-by-train-in-paulding-county/85-3dc785a5-5102-4c8f-bc41-05dc39df6a7e and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/11/train-engineers-track-deaths/13929491/
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