Railroad News

Notorious Non-Gated Norfolk Southern Crossing Claims Mother, Infant Daughter

(Warner Robins, Georgia – May 27, 2012)

The infamous Ignico Drive crossing of Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Warner Robins, GA claimed another two lives Sunday afternoon just after 5:00 P.M. when a mother and her month-old daughter died in a collision with an NS freight train at the non-gated grade crossing.

Donnell Reid and her infant daughter, Kinsley Reid, both died when the baby’s father, Willy Lyons, drove into the path of a train he never saw coming. “We think he didn’t see the train,” said Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin.

Galpin further said the infant was transported to Houston Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, and the parents were taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia, where the mother was also pronounced dead and the father was admitted in extremely critical condition.

The tragic double-fatality marked the 17th accident, eighth injury and third and fourth deaths at the Ignico Road/NS Railway intersection.

Even though nearly two dozen trains traverse the crossing daily at speeds of up to 60 mph, there are no crossing gates to help halt tragedies such as occurred Sunday. The crossing does have flashing lights, but no report of whether they were functioning properly or not was made.