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Excursion train hits a truck

June 28, 2004

Albany-- Dozens of passengers, mostly school-aged children, were riding the excursion train when it hit a pick-up truck in Americus. The truck driver apparently wasn't paying attention and crossed the tracks in front of the on-coming train.

The driver suffered minor injuries, but his cargo load of cabinet material was damaged.

Witnesses say the SAM Shortline engineer was blowing the horn for a long time before coming to the intersection at Sweat Avenue.

The train clipped the truck, tossing it airborne, and the truck landed parallel to the tracks. "But he just left here and I don't know how in the world he got hit," said Witness Stanley Beasley. "You can see right up the tracks you can see how clear it is I don't know how in the world it hit him."

The driver is expected to be charged with failure to yield. Little damage was done to the train, and no riders were injured. In fact, we are told many people didn't even realize what had happened.

After about 45 minutes, the train continued on its journey.


posted at 3:40PM by dave.miller@walb.com