Car Struck by Train

This past week, there was news of a tragic accident involving a car and train in Gwinnett County. Our Atlanta car accident attorneys know that, although not often discussed, these types of accidents are very dangerous and often fatal.

On Tuesday, a 2003 Ford F150 was traveling south on Buford Highway while a 2003 Chevrolet Astrovan was traveling north on the same road. The Chevy attempted a left turn onto Amwiler Road but failed to yield, turning in front of the Ford. The two cars crashed into each other.  Unfortunately, this accident happened right next to a railroad line, and the Ford came to an uncontrolled stop right on the railroad tracks. Tony Lungaro, a 51-year-old from Lawrenceville, got out of the Ford and was possibly trying to help the Ford’s driver, Lorenzo Wilkerson. But a train hit Mr. Lungaro, killing him instantly. From the train crash, the Ford was on fire when emergency responders arrived, said Gwinnett police spokesman Jake Smith. Mr. Wilkerson was extracted from the Ford and taken to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition. The driver of the Chevy, Severin Gluschak, also sustained minor injuries from the original car crash.  The car accident is still under investigation. traintracks

This week’s crash is not the only accident involving trains in Georgia recently. The week before this fatal accident, a North Georgia woman was also killed when her car veered off the road and down an embankment, landing on top of train tracks in Chatsworth. The car was trapped between the train and the embankment, killing the 58-year-old woman. In February a man, this time a pedestrian, was killed by a train in the same area as this week’s car accident on Buford Highway.  The conductor saw the man walking along the tracks and blew the train’s horn, but the man did not respond. Officer Smith told reporters [about that incident] that they did not know whether it was intentional or not and speculated that the man, described as being in his 30s or 40s, might have had headphones in and did not hear the train’s horn.

While train and car accidents are certainly far less common than other types of vehicle accidents, trains still pose a danger to reckless drivers. This week’s case and Mr. Lungaro’s death were caused by the car accident that pushed the Ford onto the train tracks. When near dangerous vehicles, whether on a highway with large tractor trailers or near train tracks, drivers need to be even more vigilant and careful. One negligent driver can, unfortunately, cause a lot of damage, including injuring and killing other innocent motorists.

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys
If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in an accident with a negligent driver, the personal injury lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter can help you understand if you have a case and how to move forward. Contact our law office today to talk to an experienced car accident attorney at 404-814-8949, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation.

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