Man injured after train collides with vehicle in Douglas County

Credit: Douglas County Government

Credit: Douglas County Government

A man was flown to a Cobb County hospital after an Amtrak passenger train headed to New Orleans crashed into his vehicle in Douglas County on Wednesday morning, officials said.

The 911 call came in just before 10 a.m., a county spokesperson said. The crash took place near Hyde and Temple streets along Norfolk Southern Railway tracks.

The victim was identified by police as 42-year-old Jeremiah Locket. He was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with serious injuries.

The Georgia State Patrol said Locket was traveling east on Hyde Street in a Toyota 4Runner and attempted to cross the railroad track. He did not yield while crossing, and the train struck his vehicle, causing it to overturn, the state agency said.

No other details have been released by police.

According to a spokesperson, no injuries were reported among the 32 passengers and crew aboard the Amtrak Crescent train 19 that was traveling from New York to Louisiana. It was passing through the Lithia Springs area, where the vehicle was obstructing the tracks.

The railway company is working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident, the spokesperson said.

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