(Duluth, Georgia – March 17, 2022)
A local rideshare driver was killed on March 17, 2022, at approximately 5:25 am after his vehicle became stuck on the tracks and struck by a Norfolk Southern train. The collision occurred at the dangerous, poorly designed railroad crossing near South Peachtree Street at Hardy Street in Duluth, Georgia. According to local residents the crossing is also poorly lit, which makes it difficult to drivers to safely traverse the crossing at night. The driver, Guangyun Jin, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
According to Duluth police, there is a long list of vehicles they had to rescue off this crossing prior to these this tragedy. The curved road and little to no lighting make traversing this crossing extremely dangerous at night. A city spokesperson said the crossing will be closed and a new, better designed crossing is planned to be opened in the near future.
Approximately a week after this incident occurred, another motorist was stuck on the crossing. Fortunately, a cousin of Guangyun Jin was at the crossing with Jin’s widow when the other motorist became stuck on the crossing. The cousin rushed to the motorist’s aid and was able to get him out of the vehicle before the train’s arrival at the crossing.
The Duluth Police Department is investigating both incidents.