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Police Could Not Hear Train Warning

A Houston County officer wrote in an incident report that he couldn't hear the train warning in his car at the site of Sunday's fatal train accident but could see the flashing crossing lights.

Sunday, Willie Lyons Jr.'s PT Cruiser collided with a Norfolk Southern train on the tracks at the intersection of Ignico Drive and Highway 247.

Lyon's wife, Donnell Reid and their one-month-old daughter, Kinsley died from injuries they sustained in the crash.

The railroad crossing doesn't have train barrier arms or a stop sign. 

Susan Terpay, Director of Public Relations for Norfolk Southern says Norfolk Southern installs the safety arms and maintains them but it's up to the Georgia Department of Transportation to decide where they go.  

She says several factors go into putting up the barriers, like the amount of traffic that crosses the intersection. 

We've reached out to the Georgia Department of Transportation to find out if Ignico Drive is on their list to install the safety arms.  We haven't heard back from them yet.

Check back with 13wmaz.com for updates on this story.


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