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Driver survives collision with train

TOWN CREEK — A Town Creek woman survived her car’s collision with a train Saturday at 12:45 p.m.

The southbound driver, Tamara Fortson, 20, of 533 Bradley St., was halfway across the railroad crossing at Bradley — which lacks a drop gate and flashing lights warning system — when she heard the Norfolk Southern train bearing down on her, said Police Chief Harold Knighten.

She tried to put the car into reverse, but it slipped into neutral instead.

But because she was on an incline, the vehicle rolled partly out of the way before the westbound train struck it, he said.

“The train engineer said if the car had not have rolled back, they would have hit her point blank in the door,” Knighten said.

An ambulance took Fortson to Decatur General Hospital, which treated and released her.

Paul Huggins

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