Union Pacific train hits car
A train collided with a car that was attempting to cross the railroad track crossing on West Jefferson Street just outside of Madison city limits last Sunday morning. The driver suffered moderate injuries, and was transported to Athens Regional Hospital for further treatment.
Avery Tyler, 56, of Madison, was driving the 1998 Honda Accord as it was struck on the front passenger side of the vehicle as it reportedly came into the path of the oncoming train. The vehicle was rotated counter-clockwise and was sent over 70 feet from the roadway before striking a fence and coming to rest.
A passenger in the vehicle, Alexander Bruce, 51, of North Augusta, S.C., was not injured in the wreck.
The train, owned by Union Pacific and conducted by Alfred Randall Shelby, 48, of Lincolnton, Ga., came to rest some 1,000 feet west of the area of impact.
Citations are pending regarding the incident, according to Georgia State Patrol accident reports.