Residents Concerned about Crossing Safety | News
A deadly crash involving a car and a train in Warner Robins has some people asking questions about whether the railroad crossing is safe.
There are no stop signs or caution arms at the railroad crossing at Ignico Drive and Highway 247. Nearby business owners say several trains pass a day.
We watched a train come right through and it took about thirty-seconds from when the warning lights came on until the train actually crossed the intersection.
But Vernita Chappell says thirty seconds wasn't long enough for her friend. This is where the PT Cruiser, forty-five old Willie Lyons Jr. was driving, landed after it collided with a Norfolk Southern train Sunday afternoon.
Lyons was driving his girlfriend Donnell Reid and their one-month-old baby girl Kinsley.
"I actually think that they didn't see that train and there was no warning sign to let them know that the train was that near." says Chappell.
Both passengers died.
Chappell says Lyons was a family man and would never try to outrun a train.
"He read to his unborn baby before she was here, no mountain he wouldn't move for his family," says Chappell.
Each of the railroad crossings in Houston County on Highway 247 have safety arms that drop when a train is approaching.
All except, Ignico Drive.
Chappell says it's even harder to see something coming at night.
"You can see there are no lights here at night there are no lights."
A local tow-truck driver, who didn't want to be interviewed on camera, says he was called out Sunday. He told us it was just on of many calls he gets for wrecks at the intersection of Ignico Drive and Highway 247.
Lyons underwent surgery at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. There is no update yet on his condition. The Houston County Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident.