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Man dies after train collision

October 19, 2005

Lenox, Ga. -- The man failed to stop at a dangerous railroad crossing. The crash happened around 10:00 Wednesday morning on the railroad tracks at Central Avenue in Lenox.

72-year-old Otis Bennett drove in front of a train and was broadsided. The train knocked Bennett's truck into the air and he was ejected. He was taken to Tift Regional Medical Center and died around 1:00PM.

The train conductor says Bennett didn't show any signs of braking. There aren't any crossing arms or a stop sign at the intersection, but state troopers say that may soon change. "There's times when people don't see the lights, and we've had several bad accidents right here, so maybe we need to see about getting something done at this particular intersection," said Sgt. Donald Whitaker of the Ga. State Patrol.

The Norfolk-Southern railroad line was shut down for several hours but trains are now running again.

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