Three people hospitalized after second Monroe County train crash in 30 minutes

Telegraph staffJune 19, 2014 

Three people were taken to the hospital after a Thursday afternoon train accident in Forsyth.

At 2:11 p.m., a southbound Norfolk Southern train struck a car at a crossing on Indian Springs Drive just west of Ga. 83. One person was ejected from the car, another had to be cut out by emergency workers and a third got out without emergency workers’ help, said Monroe County sheriff’s Lt. Brad Freeman.

All three people -- Portia Lyons, 40, Asia Buckner, 22, and Precious Gaines, 12 -- were taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia. The three are from Forsyth.

They were listed in stable condition Thursday evening, said Megan Allen, hospital spokeswoman.

About 30 minutes before that accident, another Norfolk Southern train struck a tractor-trailer in Bolingbroke.

The Averitt truck was knocked on its side and pushed some 50 feet up the tracks about 1:45 p.m., Freeman said.

The truck’s undercarriage had gotten stuck on the tracks before the train arrived. When the driver saw the train coming, he got out of the truck, Freeman said.

At least two crossings were blocked by the train that was heading north between Rivoli Road and U.S. 41. The truck was at the Mount Zion Church crossing, Freeman said.

No one was hurt in that accident, but the crossing is expected to be closed until Friday morning.

Freeman said there was no hazardous cargo in the truck, “just a few boxes.”

The Bolingbroke crossing is equipped with crossing arms unlike the crossing on Indian Springs Drive, located near Forsyth’s fast food strip.

The site of the Forsyth crash has a stop sign and is marked as a railroad crossing, Freeman said.

Authorities haven’t said what caused the Forsyth crash, which remains under investigation.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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