Wait, I don't think this is the right bridge.
January 24, 2012 7:23 PM Subscribe
posted by radwolf76 (44 comments total)
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Last Friday morning, two men managed to crash their pickup truck
by attempting to drive 60 mph down the Sixth Street Railroad Bridge
in Augusta, Georgia. Police believe alcohol
was a contributing factor to the accident, but the fact that the railroad track in question is an active street
line may have also played a part.
While the next scheduled train was able to see the crashed truck and stop in time, previous trains on this line have not been so fortunate. Just 12 miles down that exact same track is Graniteville, South Carolina, where in November of 2004, a train-auto collision
at a gate-less crossing caused five fatalities, followed three months later by the worst derailment in South Carolina history
, resulting in a chlorine gas spill that killed nine and almost bankrupted the town
. This time around, the collateral damage was much less severe: in addition to the damage to the bridge itself, the truck managed to land on the Augusta Riverwalk Perennial Garden
once the crew from Norfolk Southern had dislodged it.