(Calhoun, Tennessee – June 21, 2018)
Three adults, possibly related, were killed at about 5:25 P.M. Thursday afternoon when the 2009 Ford Focus was struck, overturned and demolished by a Norfolk Southern freight train. The collision occurred at a private road railway crossing ”where there are no lights or crossing arms” just outside of Calhoun, TN in McMinn County. The car was northbound on Tennessee Highway 11 when it turned onto the private road and into the path of the train.
Killed by the train consisting of three locomotives powering 40 freight cars and headed northbound were Wendy Humphreys, 45, and Johnny Ashworth, 46, both of Chattanooga, TN, and Jasmine Ashworth, 17, of Calhoun, GA. All three victims had to be removed from the wreckage by firefighters and other first responders.
According to statistics maintained by the Federal Railroad Administration, Norfolk Southern operates a daily average of 18 trains at a maximum speed of 60 mph on this stretch of track.
At this time it is unknown whether the horn was even activated on approach to this crossing.