Coroner identifies 3 people killed Friday in train accident
by MDJ staff
May 08, 2013 12:00 AM | 9323 views | 5 5 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Stephens County Coroner Chris Stephens has identified the three people from Cobb County who were killed in a train accident Friday night.

Areale Leigh Nunn, 22, and Erich Boecklbauer, 23, both of Austell, and 20-year-old Crystal Crews of Kennesaw were killed after a train struck their car on the driver’s side of the vehicle at a railroad crossing on Grand Smith Road in Toccoa.

Stephens said their deaths will be associated with trauma, but he has not released the official cause of death report from the county’s medical examiner’s office.

According to Gordy Wright with Georgia State Patrol, who is handling the investigation, the accident happened at about 10 p.m. Friday.

“The car was pushed off the tracks and caught fire after impact,” he said. “One person was ejected from the vehicle.”

The railroad crossing was stop-sign controlled, and the vehicle was hit as they were crossing the tracks.
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May 08, 2013
While I am sorry for the loss of life, the train must have been pretty close. Did the driver not look for a train at a crossing that did not have lights or arm? Can't blame everyone else for poor judgement
Uncle Danny
May 09, 2013
Please do not comment on things when its clear you have not gotten your facts straight !! so I am going to help you First it was raining that night it was pitch black no street lights the crossing had no signal lights no no signal bells, the train comes around a curve so they would not have see lights on the train until it was too late. next they were lost and unfamiliar with the area plus as they would approach this crossing there road was curve too and since they were not sure where they were they probably did not no there was even a crossing there it only had a stop sign there and was tilted and could not see well and until the last min and had one old railroad crossing sing there at the tracks not back a 1/1 mile and it had old reflected tape that did not work so bottom line is this had this crossing had red flashing lights and signal bells those 3 people would still be alive today they would have see the lights and stop so its not there bad judgment dot bad judgement of no flashing lights that got them killed i am pushing for this crossing to be upgraded asap so know else has to die if they simply get lost I am her uncle by the way so so folks get for facts straight before you comment were are talk about 3 lives her right !!!
Bob T
May 09, 2013
What makes it MURDER by railroad/state/Feds is these gates scheduled would have been in 20 years ago if not for massive overcharges by the railroad---signed off by the state---and the Feds have -0- accountability where the funds ($220 million a year)go. inc_seq=1045985

DOTCrossing Number: 717591K


RD. 0 0 0 0 0 07/12 SS 27 2 79 YES 2 100


Project: 0010840 Type Work: RRX Warning Device

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Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)
May 08, 2013
My God, we lost 3 great people in that car/train accident, had their whole lives before them and now they are gone ---- one of the girls was my grandson's fiance, I am all cried out. Which proves that we should love each other each day, for tomorrow may never come. Today is the day to show each other how much we care.
Bob T
May 07, 2013
Things a REAL railroad Operation Lifesaver (OL) group would ask!!!

1. Why are all OL directors handpuppets of the railroad or government only giving lip service safety messages?

2. Why nothing is ever mentioned by OL that would cost the railroads a penny on the obviously missing safety equipment and track maintenance work?

3. Where are the crossing safety signals for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering at 1,000s of crossings?

4. Where are the track video monitors for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering to get the train stopped IN TIME?

5. Why aren't railroads paying at least half for crossing signals because it's their trains going too fast with no brakes or steering while paying the so-called RR directors millions a year.

6. Why the crossing humps trapping big trucks aren't required to be removed?

7. Why the crossing surfaces aren't wider where if a vehicle fish tails on slick road and is trapped at the edge of the crossing surface trap?

8. Why the train cabs aren't required to be lit up like a Christmas tree with emergency vehicle light bars? LOOK AND SEE!!

9. Why the front of trains aren't required to have air bags or something to soften impacts?

10. Why trains don't have better braking systems? OLIs message now shows train brakes obviously suck.

11. Why there are no bidding invitations on the obviously overcharged crossing projects the tax-payers pay the railroads for. $10,000 just to get the equipment to the sight. TRUCKED IN.

12. Why trains are allowed to run in the fog?

13. Why the crossings aren't lit up so drivers can see the black rail cars across the tracks at night?

14. Why railroads remove and steal signals we paid for on closed re-worked crossings?

15. Why $$$millions$$$ of the rail safety budget we pay in is wasted on needless reworks at crossings preventing signals where needed?

16. Why the railroad isn't required to de-ice crossings before they roll the trains?

17. Why the railroad isn't required to raise their overpasses so big trucks can get under them? The railroad wants to double stack and our road overpasses are too low---no problem WE PAY MILLIONS.

18. Why drug/alcohol tests aren't done on rail crews at crossing/pedestrian collisions?

19. Why railroads are allowed to get off with the train black box , signal black box (if crossing signals are present), and cab video at crossing/pedestrian collisions?

20. Why the fact is hidden that trains kill a few thousand people in 100 million train miles when regular drivers have like ONE death?

21.Why Amtrak passengers aren't required to look at the despicable shape of the crossings before they board the trains?

22.Why train horns aren't blown at private crossings till the last second freezing drivers?

23.Why the railroads track lights can't be at a crossing?

24 .Why railroads need track lights and civilians don't?


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