Gomez is now facing a count of improper stopping on railroad tracks and a second-degree vehicular homicide charge in the 16-year-old’s death, Hall County Jail records show. He is being held in the jail Thursday in lieu of a $16,830 bond, and the jail told Channel 2 he can’t post it since they haven’t been able to verify his citizenship.
The crash investigation closed the crossing and another downtown Flowery Branch intersection, Spring Street and Atlanta Highway, for several hours.
The Spring Street intersection reopened just after 10 a.m., and the crash investigation wrapped up at Lights Ferry Road around 11:30 a.m. The closures caused extra congestion Wednesday morning on the first day of school for the Hall County district.
A spokeswoman for Norfolk Southern said the company was assisting local law enforcement.
In a statement, Norfolk Southern said the crossing was equipped with gates, lights, bells and crossbucks. The train was leaving Atlanta and bound for New Jersey when the accident happened.
“At Norfolk Southern, the safety of our employees and the communities we serve is our No. 1 priority,” the company said. “Norfolk Southern advises motorists and pedestrians to stay alert around railroad tracks, and to be mindful of all warning signs and signals at railroad crossings.”