Forsyth train accident victim identified, expected to survive

lfabian@macon.comMay 14, 2013 

A man, who was not wearing a seat belt, was seriously injured as he was thrown from his car in a train accident Tuesday morning near downtown Forsyth.

George Rickey Corley was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia after the 7:34 a.m. collision at the crossing at Indian Springs Drive and North Indian Springs Drive, said Allison Selman-Willis, public information officer for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The 46-year old from Forsyth was driving a 2007 red Chevrolet Cobalt through the crossing near Moore Chevrolet.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, he was expected to survive the crash, Selmam-Willis said.

“The train hit the passenger side front and passenger side door and spun the car around,” she said. The car ended up in a ditch and the man was ejected and landed under the vehicle.”

This is the same spot a train hit a car Sunday, but no one was hurt in that accident, which is being investigated by the Forsyth Police Department, she said.

Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Matt Perry and Selman-Willis could not remember another accident at the crossing prior to Sunday.

There are no safety arms at that crossing, and Selman-Willis was not sure whether there are flashing lights.

Reports from the scene indicated the Norfolk Southern train moved on by about 8:20 a.m.

Investigators worked to get Indian Springs Drive opened as soon as possible as train cars were blocking multiple crossings and preventing the flow of traffic for school buses and other morning commuters, she said.

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