(Rock Hill, South Carolina – August 29, 2012)
Two men and two women were taken to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, SC early Wednesday afternoon when, as they were waiting for a Norfolk Southern freight train to pass at the non-gated crossing of South Carolina Highway 324 (Ogden Road), their car unintentionally lurched forward into the side of the moving train.
The Cadillac the four were riding in was completely demolished, but none of the four, all between the ages of 18 and 21, seemed to have life-threatening injuries according to Oakdale Volunteer Fire Dept. Assistant Chief Leon Yard.
Lance Cpl. Billy Elder of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the victims were on their way to Highway 72 when they were stopped, and then hit, by the train.
As is so often the case, speculation was offered in regard to the doubtful involvement of alcohol or drugs as contributing factors, but law enforcement refused comment in regard to the facetious question.