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Four-year-old boy survives being hit by a train

Posted on Dec 08, 2009

A 4-year-old boy, searching for his dog, was struck by a train in northwest Atlanta on the afternoon of Thursday, December 3. The accident happened around 4:30 p.m. The accident involved a CSX freight train. The boy was seriously injured, but is now recovering at home.
Four-year-old Elijah Anderson was playing in his backyard in northwest Atlanta when his dog Poochy ran off. Elijah chased after his Jack Russell terrier as the dog ran behind the Lamar Avenue home and towards the train tracks on Wilson Boulevard. The boy was very focused on catching his dog, and he did not see a train that was approaching.
The conductor of the CSX train saw the boy, but was unable to stop. It takes at least a mile for the average freight train traveling at 55 mph to come to a complete stop. The train was traveling at 30 mph when it struck Elijah and threw him off the tracks.
At the time of the accident, Elijah and his twin sister Eleisha were being babysat by a thirteen-year-old sibling.
Elijah was taken to the hospital in critical condition and treated for a concussion. Within 24 hours his condition was upgraded to good and he was released the next day. He is currently recovering at home.
Last year, 452 pedestrians were killed after being hit by trains. Fifteen of these deaths were in Georgia. Eight additional Atlanta pedestrians were injured by train crashes.

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Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia