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Two seriously injured in Covington SUV – train accident


Posted on Jul 06, 2010

A couple is seriously injured after their SUV was hit by a train at a railroad crossing in Covington.
 
The accident occurred at about 12:50 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, 2010 bat the railroad crossing at North Emory Street near the Depot restaurant.  An SUV Honda Pilot was travelling south on Georgia’s Highway 81. The crossing signal was blocking access to the track, but the driver of the SUV went around the arm of the crossing signal and attempted to beat the train.  
 
The train was not able to stop. It crashed into the driver’s side of the vehicle and lifted the SUV. The impact blew out all the windows and flipped the Honda onto its roof. The vehicle was pushed about 50 yards down the t rack.
 
The occupants, Linda and Danny Long, were seriously injured. They were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for treatment of multiple injuries.
 
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash.
 
Nearly 3000 railroad crossing accidents occur each year. Many occur in Atlanta because of the high number of railroad crossings. These accidents involve both cars and pedestrians.

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