Railroad News

Georgia Motorist Injured in Second Accident in Two Days at Dangerous, Unguarded NS Crossing

(Forsyth, Georgia – May 14, 2013)

A male motorist driving a 2007 red Chevrolet Cobalt was the victim in the second collision in two days at the dangerous, unguarded crossing of Indian Springs Drive and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Forsyth, GA Tuesday morning at about 7:34 A.M.

The victim, identified only as a male, was rushed to The Medical Center of Central Georgia for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Allison Selman-Willis said “I’m not sure how badly the person was injured. The train hit the passenger side front and passenger side door and spun the car around,” she explained. “The car ended up in a ditch and the man was ejected and landed under the vehicle.”

Selman-Willis also said that this was the same location as another car/train accident that occurred Sunday (Mothers’ Day), but no one was injured in that crash. She added that she was unaware of any other accident occurring at the crossing, but also mentioned that the crossing has no flashing lights or crossing gates, instead being “protected” solely by passive railroad crossbuck and highway “stop” signs.

Monroe County Emergency Management Director Matt Perry said he could not recall any earlier accidents at the crossing, either.