At a fog-bound level crossing in Hortense, Georgia, U.S.A., a speeding train collided with a?
At a fog-bound level crossing in Hortense, Georgia, U.S.A., a speeding train collided with a lumber truck on Tuesday morning (13 March). Visibility was reported to be about 75 feet, and the train was travelling at 70 miles per hour (115 kph).
It was carrying about 300 Florida-bound passengers, and 100 cars. The truck driver was killed and 28 passengers were injured.
The truck, loaded with logs, rammed the train just behind the engine which caught fire, but a witness rescued the train driver before the feel tanks exploded.
Almost all of the car-carrying carriages at the front of the train were derailed and many of the passengers' cars were total wrecks. Only one passenger carriage at the rear of the train was derailed. There have been several derailments at the crossing in the past.
Passengers were taken to nearby motels to wait for their baggage which had to be unloaded from the wrecked train.
SYNOPSIS: A speeding auto-train was derailed at Hortense, Georgia, on Tuesday morning when a logging truck smashed into it on a fog-bound level crossing. One witness said visibility was down to seventy-five feet when the collision occurred. The engine caught fire but the train driver was rescued before the fuel tanks exploded. The truck driver was killed.
The train was carrying about three hundred Florida-bound passengers Twenty-eight passengers were injured and about a quarter of mile of the track was badly damaged by the collision.
The train was also carrying about a hundred cars and almost all of them were total wrecks.
Passengers were taken to nearby motels to await delivery of their baggage.
There have been several derailments at the Hortense level crossing in the past.