Sheriff: Train killed Austell residents
by The Associated Press
May 05, 2013 12:42 AM | 6351 views | 5 5 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TOCCOA — Three people died when a passenger train smashed into a car as it moved over railroad tracks at a darkened, unprotected crossing in northern Georgia, a sheriff said Saturday.

The violent crash at about 9:45 p.m. Friday killed all three people — a man and two women in their 20s — inside in the 2008 Mazda that collided with the Amtrak train, said Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley. He said the train struck the car at about 60 mph and pushed it roughly 300 feet. The car overturned into a ravine and caught fire.

No passengers on the train were injured, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The sheriff said the train was traveling to Washington from New Orleans. The crash occurred at a railroad crossing marked by only a stop sign in Toccoa, about 96 miles northeast of Atlanta. Investigators found no sign that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, Shirley said. The victims’ bodies were taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime lab in Atlanta for autopsies.

All three of the people killed were from Austell and were travelling to visit family in Toccoa, the sheriff said.

The victims’ names were being withheld by authorities pending notification of their families.
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May 06, 2013
Let's see...it was dark. Train lights are BRIGHT.

Trains make LOTS of noise.

There was a stop sign.

If they had stopped and looked, they would have seen the train coming if it was that close to them already.

Not fault of the railroad of lack of signaling.

Fault, driver obviously not paying attention/ignoring stop sign.
friendoffamilys
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May 09, 2013
3 lives were lost and all of their family and friends have been devastated.

The case is under investigation, so don't assume that you know what happened or can even fathom the pain and sorrow that these families are going through.

Horsewagled
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May 06, 2013
http://www.fra.dot.gov/downloads/safety/grxing_summary.pdf page 11. Let's see. Like 80% of the passive collisions would be eliminated with lights and gates per our government. The other 20%

---failed signals---Railroad fault

short timed signals ---railroad fault

vehicles stalled---railroad fault (no video equipment}

vehicles hung up on the humps---railroad fault

the second train blocking the view of the moving train---railroad fault for not staggering trains

icy unattended approaches-- railroad fault

sun glare blocked out signals---railroad fault (signals and trains lighting sucks}

failed vehicle brakes--- No fault either way

driver medical problems --no fault either way---

driver accidentally hits accelerator---no fault either way

vehicle is rear ended and knocked onto crossing ---railroads fault (the approaches suck)

FACTS a real Operation Lifesaver would be stating instead of downplaying gate importance.

Civilians ran down like dogs ---Railroads fault . No lookouts ---video equipment.
Just Wait
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May 06, 2013
I take it your not a fan of the railroads. And your wrong on several of these.
No_responsibility?
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May 06, 2013
Your comments are foolish and show a lack of understanding of "fault,"

---failed signals---Railroad fault - NO, DRIVERS SHOULD ALWAYS STOP, LOOK, AND LISTEN AT ALL CROSSINGS = DRIVER'S FAULT

short timed signals ---railroad fault (SEE ABOVE)

vehicles stalled---railroad fault (no video equipment} - IMPROPERLY MAINTAINED VEHICLE=DRIVER'S FAULT; ALSO, IF STALLED, FAILURE TO GET OUT MEANS DRIVER CUT IT TOO CLOSE WITH UPCOMING TRAIN

vehicles hung up on the humps---railroad fault - (SEE ABOVE, ALL CROSSINGS HAVE SIGNAGE WARNING OF STEEP CROSSINGS=DRIVER'S FAULT

the second train blocking the view of the moving train---railroad fault for not staggering trains (YOU'RE IMPLYING THERE ARE TWO TRAINS CROSSING THE INTERSECTION AT THE SAME TIME, YET DRIVER STILL CROSSED?)

icy unattended approaches-- railroad fault (IT IS THE DRIVER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THEIR VEHICLE "AT ALL TIMES" REGARDLESS OF ICY CONDITIONS)

sun glare blocked out signals---railroad fault (signals and trains lighting sucks} (IF YOU CAN'T SEE, DON'T PROCEED! RISK TAKEN BY DRIVER MEANS DRIVER'S FAULT)

failed vehicle brakes--- No fault either way (FAILURE TO MAINTAIN VEHICLE CONDITION; IF FAULTY MANUFACTURED EQUIPMENT, MANUFACTURER'S FAULT)

driver medical problems --no fault either way--- (I WOULD IMAGINE THE CASES OF SOMEONE BECOMING DEBILITATED AS THEY ARE APPROACHING A RR CROSSING THAT DOES NOT HAVE GATES IS PRETTY LOW)

driver accidentally hits accelerator---no fault either way (UH, NO! COMPLETELY DRIVER'S FAULT)

vehicle is rear ended and knocked onto crossing ---railroads fault (the approaches suck) (ITS THE DRIVER WHO REAR-ENDED THE OTHER'S FAULT. ALSO PRETTY RARE SOMEONE WOULD BE TRAVELING AT ENOUGH SPEED TO MOVE A CAR 20 OR SO FT (DISTANCE OF THE STOP LINE TO THE TRACKS)AND REAR-END SOMEONE AT THE EXACT MOMENT A TRAIN IS APPROACHING.

FACTS a real Operation Lifesaver would be stating instead of downplaying gate importance.

Civilians ran down like dogs ---Railroads fault . No lookouts ---video equipment.

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