Hahira residents with heavy hearts after contractor killed at train crossing

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By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 6, 2018

HAHIRA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Hearts are heavy across the town of Hahira.

Many residents say they witnessed the aftermath of a fatal train accident on West Lawson Street. Residents reported hearing the collision, and then saw a mangled work truck.

It was a sight no resident could prepare for, or in Karen and Rugh Boggs case, "It shook the house. It was a big boom."

The Boggs were the closest residents to the crash. Their home of more than 40 years is located just yards away from the crash site.

"I looked out early this morning and there was a lot of workers that came out for the railroad because they're putting new ties on the track," says Karen.

After the loud boom, she looked out her window to see the mangled vehicle.

"It was absolutely terrible," says Karen.

Investigators combed through debris as the train sat at a standstill for more than five hours.

"We have a lot of people who said they heard the contact in the crash, but at this time, it's more in depth when there's a railroad company involved in it," says Tracy Tabb with the Georgia State Patrol. "There's a lot more detail on their end as well as ours."

Responders at the scene say this type of accident isn't their first, but residents, like the Boggs, hope it's the last.

"After it was over, I went to the guys and told them I was sorry for their loss," says Karen.

Georgia State Patrol and other agencies, such as C&S Rail Services and Georgia's Department of Transportation, say they'll continue to investigate the crash.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 5, 2018

HAHIRA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Georgia State Patrol says a man has died after his vehicle was hit by a train in Lowndes County.

Troopers say the crash happened around 8:35 a.m. Monday on Lawson Street in downtown Hahira.

GSP says a driver in a C&S Rail Services truck failed to yield for an oncoming freight train and was hit.

Authorities have identified the victim as 48-year-old Dexter Brown, of Barnwell, South Carolina. We've learned Brown was an employee of C&S Rail Services.

We've also learned that the train involved in the crash was owned by the Norfolk Southern Railway company.

Crews worked to move the train from the tracks.



 
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