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Sparks residents react to Friday's fatal train accident

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Willie Pewee Willie Pewee
Carlton Curtis Carlton Curtis
Bob Meyers Bob Meyers
The railroad crossing along Railroad Street in Sparks where the accident occurred The railroad crossing along Railroad Street in Sparks where the accident occurred
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SPARKS, GA -

A Sparks City employee pulled out of the waste water treatment plant in Sparks Friday and into the path of a train.

He was killed when the train hit the driver's side of his city pickup truck. Sparks City Councilman Willie Pewee was at the scene shortly after the accident occurred.

"I seen the guy layin' on the ground and the truck bein' bent from the side," Pewee explained.

The railroad crossing along Railroad Street in front of the city's waste water treatment plant doesn't have cross arms or warnings to alert drivers that a train is coming.

Sparks residents want that changed.

"All of them should have it," said Carlton Curtis.

Councilman Pewee says the railroad department actually asked the city to close the railroad crossing because it didn't have any warning devices, but city council voted to keep the railroad crossing open.

"The railroad people wanted to close that section off, but we voted to keep it open," noted Pewee.

A decision he regrets, and hopes to change at tonight's council meeting.

"Do you hope council goes ahead and closes it? 'Yessir, we supposed to talk about it at tonight's council meetin'," said Pewee.

But closing the crossing could cause a problem.

"I wouldn't want to see that one shut down because it is our major access point to the treatment plant," Sparks Police Chief Bob Meyers said. "Rairoad street that comes down the other side of the railroad track, that's the only way to the plant other than that crossing."

Regardless of whether the crossing is closed, Meyers says it's important to always stop and look before crossing any railroad, even if the crossing does have warning devices.

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