Driver identified after truck hit by train in Lee County

Published: Jul. 11, 2017 at 7:39 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2017 at 11:29 PM EDT
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LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Officials have identified the driver of a truck after it was hit by a train in Lee County Tuesday afternoon.

According to Georgia State Patrol (GSP), William Loyless, 21, was driving an Oak Hill Dairy tractor trailer carrying corn silage, when he was hit by a train while crossing the railroad tracks on Highway 19 at Goodwin Road.

Loyless was taken to Phoebe Putney Hospital and was treated for a shoulder and head injury.

It happened around 3 p.m.

Loyless told GSP that he stopped at the stop sign but didn't hear the train coming, but the train conductor said he honked the horn when he saw the truck.

"He [the train conductor] stated he was doing 23 miles per hour and he saw the truck in front of him. And he was on the horn, he was informing the guy that he was coming and the truck just pulled out in front of him," explained GSP Trooper Robert Corbin.

After nearly two in a half hours, GSP and Lee County Sheriff's Office cleared the scene and removed most of the corn silage.

Corbin worked a similar crash two years ago, and he warned drivers to be cautious when crossing railroad tracks.

"I never worked a crash with a train at this location but I have at the location just south of here," said Corbin.

The train conductor was the only person on the train at the time.

Loyless was cited for failure to yield at stop sign and a suspended license.

The accident was cleared around 5:30 p.m, and the train left after being released by a railroad inspector.

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