Douglas County

1 airlifted to hospital after Amtrak train hits car on tracks in Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga — A person was airlifted to the hospital on Wednesday after a train hit a car that was trying to cross the railroad tracks.

County officials said they received a call just before 10 a.m. regarding a crash near the Hyde and Temple Street intersection in Lithia Springs.

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Georgia State Patrol said a Toyota 4Runner was driving on Hyde Street and tried to cross a set railroad track. The driver didn’t yield and a train hit the driver’s side, causing it to overturn.

Amtrak confirmed that its train heading from New York to New Orleans was involved.

“There have been no reported injuries to the 32 passengers or crew onboard. Amtrak is working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident,” Amtrak wrote in a statement to Channel 2.


The driver of the car was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. The driver has been identified as 42-year-old Jeremiah Locket.

Locket was life flighted to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with serious injuries.

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