A tractor-trailer driver got halfway across Jones County railroad tracks before his rig was hit by a train.
Just before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Malcolm Ashley Curry, 55, of Macon was near Monticello Highway, headed west on Old State Highway 11, when he started crossing tracks and did not see an oncoming southbound Norfolk Southern train, Jones County Deputy Clay Wiggins said.
There were no crossing arms or signal lights at the juncture, Wiggins said.
“It’s a rural area, so it is just a sign that says ‘railroad crossing,’ ” he said.
Curry and the rig were dragged down the tracks, but he was not hurt.
After coming around the bend, the train engineer did see the truck and tried to stop, but it was too late, according to a Jones County accident report.
The impact tore open the trailer and flipped the back end, leaving its wheels up, separated from the cab by the train.
“I always look twice at railroad crossing because those things can’t stop on a dime,” Wiggins said. “Sometimes it takes miles to stop.”
The collision happened not far from Gordon and Green Settlement roads.