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Posted: January 10, 2014 11:55 a.m.

Local man killed in train crash

Newton County resident Richard “Rick” Furry, 49, was killed Sunday evening when his semi-truck got stuck on a railroad crossing in Morgan County and was hit by a train.

Furry was driving a semi-truck (with no trailer attached) on Double Bridges Road Sunday evening when, for an unknown reason, his truck ran off the roadway as it was attempting to cross a railroad track and became stuck on the track near a drainage culvert, according to Georgia State Patrol’s (GSP) full accident report.

A CSX train traveling on the track was unable to stop in time and struck Furry’s truck on the right side, pushing the truck 17 feet before the truck eventually struck a ditch.

“(The train conductor and engineer) stated that they were approaching the crossing and observed that the truck appeared to be sitting on the tracks,” according to the GSP report. “After giving the warnings with the train horn, the vehicle appeared to try and pull forward as they saw smoke begin to emit from the exhaust pipes. The vehicle was unable to clear the track, and they struck the vehicle.”

Based on the evidence at the scene, “it appeared the driver was attempting to exit the vehicle at the time of the collision.”

The GSP report states the train’s black box indicates the train was traveling “42 miles per hour and full braking was applied before impact.”

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