Car Hit By Train Last Month Did Not Stop At Stop Sign

June 14, 2013

Authorities indicated Thursday that a review of the video of last month’s fatal train-car collision in Stephens County confirms that the vehicle did not stop before crossing the train tracks and being hit by the train.

A Georgia State Patrol spokesperson said that the video review confirmed initial indications that the 2008 Mazda failed to stop before pulling out in front of the train.

22-year-old Areale Leigh Nunn of Austell, 23-year-old Erich Boecklbauer of Austell and 20-year-old Crystal Crews of Kennesaw were all killed in the May 3 collision with the Amtrak Crescent line.

The collision occurred at about 9:45 p.m. on May 3 at a railroad crossing on Grant Smith Road, near the Summit subdivision.

According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, the three were headed to Toccoa to visit friends and were killed when the Amtrak Crescent train heading northbound into Toccoa struck their car.

Shirley said the train carried the vehicle about 300 feet up the track and the vehicle turned over several times before it landed in a ravine upside down where it caught fire.

Nobody on the train was hurt in the accident.

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