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Tragedy on the Tracks

Tears flowed freely on the Bainbridge College campus Tuesday, mourning the loss of four of their own. An instructor and three students in the college's tractor-trailer driving program were killed in a collision with a cargo train in Climax around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Joey McMillan says, "It looked like apparently the driver of the truck's foot slipped off the clutch and they went hopping and bouncing and running into the train."

State patrol officers say the train hit the truck on the passenger side, causing it to explode. They say at this time it looks like everyone inside was killed immediately.

The Decatur County Sheriff's Office has named the four victims as Jamie Holms and Deborah Martin of Cairo, Michael Raley of Colquitt, and the instructor, Laura Jenson, of Bainbridge.

Bainbridge College administrators say they're not sure what the future holds for the remaining 11 students and two instructors in the program.

Clifford Brock says, “We're not going to abandon our students, but it's just too early to talk about the future of the program, it's too raw. We're just not at that point yet."

Emergency crews remain on the scene cleaning up, and college administrators say they're helping the victims’ families pick up the pieces.


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