GSP identifies man who died in Hahira train collision

GSP identifies man who died in Hahira train collision
(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)

HAHIRA, GA (WALB) - A man was killed Monday morning in Hahira, when a train struck a truck that was on the tracks, about 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The driver of the dump truck failed to yield to the train and entered into the path of the Norfolk Southern train.

The Georgia State Patrol identified the driver as Dexter Brown, 48, of Barnwell, S.C.

The front of the train struck the passenger's side of the dump truck, ejecting Brown, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers said that Brown was driving the C&S Rail Services truck on Lawson Street.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the incident.

Community members are speaking out after a tragic train crash.

LaShonda Jordan came to work this morning expecting nothing but an ordinary day.

"I know someone's not coming home to their family tonight," explained Jordan.

That was until she heard an unmistakable sound.

"We heard a dragging sound, we're used to hearing the trains, you know working here in downtown, right by the train tracks and it just didn't sound normal," said," said Jordan.

"It was chaos, it looked like chaos when we walked up to the scene, my heart hurt instantly and it was hard for me to even walk up on the scene."

This serves as a reminder to be more cautious and aware of your surrounds said Jordan.

"I thought about my husband, I thought about my kids I thought about all the people in this community who are affected," said Jordan.

"Somebody's son, somebody's father is not making it home tonight from a decision that could have been avoided by being more aware of there surroundings."

GSP Sergeant W-T Tabb stated that community members need to stop, look and listen.

"There's no telling how many people cross these rail road tracks and the light have been flashing and there's been no train," explained Tabb.

"It could be a faulty activation of the railroad systems, always stop, always look, pay attention, they have these signs and lights for a reason out here."

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