Siblings, 15 and 12, Killed After Train Hits Van
A 15-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother were killed and a 9-year-old injured Sunday when a van driver attempted to cross the train tracks and was struck by a freight train in Henry County. A video showed the stop arms were down and red lights were flashing when the crash happened, officials said.
The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. at the Valley Hill Road crossing, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The train was heading northbound with 23 freight cars and one locomotive, Richard Harris, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern Railroad, told the AJC.
The crossing was equipped with warning lights, bells and gates, which were all working at the time, Harris said. The the train’s horn was also blowing, Harris told the paper.
The names of the two siblings who died in the crash have not yet been released. The 9-year-old remained hospitalized Monday and the children’s father, who was driving, was also injured. But his injuries are reported to be minor.
A nearby resident, James Brooks, told Channel 2 Action News he heard the collision and looked to see what had happened.
“It was a black car, and it was just crushed into a ball,” Brooks said.
Three Men Seriously Injured in High-Speed ATV Wreck
Three men were injured, one critically, after the all-terrain vehicle they were riding crashed into a bridge railing at high-speed over the weekend in Forsyth County. On Monday, deputies released the details of what happened and said alcohol was a factor in the crash.
The incident happened shortly before midnight Saturday on the Big Creek Greenway, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said Matthew Holbrook, 39, of Cumming, was driving the ATV at a high rate of speed across a bridge when he attempted to negotiate a curve on the bridge.
Holbrook failed to negotiate the curve and drove straight into the wooden railing, the sheriff’s spokesman Deputy First Class Epifanio Rodriguez said. The ATV went through a section of the railing, throwing all three passengers off the ATV and down onto the ground, Rodriguez said.
The three men were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries, Rodriguez said. Holbrook remained in critical condition Monday, Rodriguez said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The conditions of the other two were not readily known.
It’s unclear what the type of ATV the three were riding on, but the vehicle is not legal for public roadways. Investigators said speed and alcohol contributed to the crash, though it’s unclear if all three men were drinking. It’s also unclear where they were heading. Still, the case remains open and under investigation by the sheriff’s office Crash Investigations Unit.
The case remains open and under investigation by the sheriff’s office Crash Investigations Unit.