Update [January 13, 2014]: Richard Furry, 49, was identified as the semi-truck driver who was killed in this accident. According to a news update, Furry’s truck had apparently lost control as it crossed over the train tracks and went off the roadway, getting stuck on the railway. Furry wasn’t able to get out of the truck in time to avoid an approaching train.

Madison, GA — The driver of a semi-truck was killed in Madison, which is east of Atlanta, after being hit by a train on Sunday evening, January 5. Police haven’t identified the driver yet, but said that the accident happened at the railroad’s intersection with Hightower Road near Dixie Highway.

It appears that the semi-truck was crossing the tracks without a trailer in tow when an eastbound train struck it. The impact killed the driver immediately and he was the only person in the cab.

The train crossing intersection didn’t have any crossing arms, but did have a stop sign. The accident is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol.

Scene of the Accident

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Jason is back to work and is now playing Sled Hockey and wheelchair rugby!! Jason is the strongest and most amazing man! He may nly have 1/2 a leg, but that is ALL he is lacking!! Thanks to prayer and GOD and awsome first responders and Baylor doctors. Jason's wife, Sheila
— Sheila
I'm a former employee. I had brought up this exact scenario and suggested a maintenance procedure that would eliminate the possibility of this type injury. Obviously my warning went unheeded.
— Tophat
I was actually a couple cars back from this wreck, one of the first on the scene, and helped administer CPR on the victims. The truck driver was going way too fast, but it was actually his trailer that swung around and hit the suv, the semi-truck ended in the median.
— Leif Burton
I appreciate how you've commentated on this tragedy--informative, with questions, but not hurtful. I live within 30 mins of this crash site, and I am appalled at the entire situation :(. I can't even begin to understand what could have happened to make this come to fruition, but I will be keeping up with it so I can learn what investigations bring to light about how something awful like this could happen. Rest in peace, Thomas, Carolyn and Carolyn...
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My friend Michael was the one who got hit by this train. This is the ONLY article I can find on it!! How is that possible? It happened almost 5 days ago! Thank you for actually caring about us "no name" people. I hope when more information comes in you will post it as soon as you can. Thank you again!! God bless you
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Responses (3)

  1. This semi driver was my step-dad of over 20 years. He was a wonderful person and he was a safety fanatic. If you ask anyone, Rick was the safest person they knew. What happened that night is still not completely understood by any of us. We wished we knew why he didn’t get out of the truck in time, but he didn’t. He was a very special person and will be missed by everyone!

  2. I am the ex-wife of Rick. And please for the love of God, find out WHY they did not have lights, Bells, or something to have gotten Rick’s attention there was a train coming! IF he would have been alerted PROPERLY, I feel he would be alive today. His truck I’m sure would have been totaled but he would be alive.
    I was also told I could not do anything about a wrongful death because I am the Ex-wife
    and not the executor of his estate. I was also told because it is the county’s option to put up arms, lights etc..

    1. You’re correct, it’s typically the owner of the land’s choice to put up crossing arms or lights. In most cases, that’s the county or state. I’m personally surprised at how many accidents I read about where a train hits a car at a crossing thats 1) poorly lit, 2) has no arms, and 3) doesn’t have flashing lights. The only warning a driver might get is a signpost.

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