BACONTON, GA (WALB) - A driver may have been trying to beat a train when she pulled into the path of a garbage truck in Baconton, authorities said Thursday.
The crash killed a passenger and left the driver, 29-year-old Florinda Vicente of Albany, with life-threatening injuries.
According to the Mitchell County coroner, the passenger who died was 33-year-old Herlinda Cruz-Reyes from Moultrie.
Vicente was listed in critical condition at an Albany hospital.
The SUV collided with a Seminole Sanitation truck at the intersection of Bowles Road and Old Georgia Highway 3.
Witnesses think the driver was looking at a train approaching the intersection from the opposite direction of the garbage truck.
"She came out of the intersection, sanitation truck coming, and in the way of it," said Mitchell County Coroner Stedderick Thomas. "So we don't really know, however, but the train was coming at the time."
The garbage truck driver was not injured and the train was not involved in the crash.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating.