Train Versus Truck
No serious injuries were reported when a train collided with a Ford F-150 pickup truck on Oxley Drive in Lyons on Thursday, July 7. The truck was sitting on the tracks at a railroad crossing near Parker’s Convenience Store along U.S. Highway 280 when it was struck by a single-engine, east-bound train.
The train was traveling on the Georgia Central Railroad tracks when it collided with the truck, driven by Jacob Mitchell, 39, which remained stopped on the tracks. The train pushed the vehicle 167 feet and 3 inches along the tracks before coming to rest on the tracks east of the intersection of Highway 280 and Oxley Drive. Mitchell remained in the vehicle during the collision, but was reported to only have continued from page
minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.
Mitchell told Lyons Police Department and Georgia State Patrol that he did not hear the train coming, which is why he remained on the tracks. He received two traffic citations due to the event.
Both the train and truck sustained damages, and the crash was recorded on the Watch guard 4RE incar camera 860. This footage was reviewed by the law enforcement in the investigation of the crash.