Pack told Smokey that complaints about drivers not yielding at train crossings…
Smokey Barn News Saturday December 6, 2014 Greenbrier, Robertson County, Tenn.
Springfield Man Survives Train Wreck In Greenbrier Saturday Night
A Springfield man is lucky to be alive after a train struck the passengers side of the minivan he was driving. The accident occurred around 6:10PM Saturday night in Greenbrier at the Industrial Drive railroad crossing. According to officials, the man received a laceration to his head and was transported to Skyline Medical Center via ground.
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His injuries were not life threatening, according to Capt. Randy Pack with Greenbrier Police .
Any number of things could have happened Pack said, “The vehicle could have rolled, the train could have been going faster, he’s just lucky”
Pack told Smokey that complaints about drivers not yielding at train crossings have been on the rise recently. Just last month a young man was hit by a train in Greenbrier just a few blocks from this accident but even before that Greenbrier Police started making a more concerted effort to monitor the railroad crossings.
Pack said, they normally try to watch the tracks as best as they can but lately they have stepped up their efforts after the increase of calls coming in about people ignoring the warning lights. “We’ve been writing more tickets lately,” Pack said.
“People just don’t realize the danger, their in a hurry, they have busy lives but a train is just not something to gamble with,” Pack said. “People need to Just stop.”
Greenbrier Police are investigating the accident but according to Pack, “Everything was working properly. The horn was blowing, the lights were flashing, everything was in good working order.”
According to Pack, the train was traveling south (away from Springfield) at a relatively slow speed, (about 25 miles an hour) so that helped save the mans life but if there had been a passenger in the vehicle they would have likely been killed, he said. The minivan was traveling west on Industrial Dr, towards HWY41. (Exact Location Of wreck)
After the impact the minivan was pushed down the track about 500 feet.
The driver of the minivan will likely be cited for not yielding at the train crossing, Pack said.
Responding to the scene were, Robertson County Emergency Management Agency, the Greenbrier Fire Department, Robertson County EMS, Greenbrier Police and officials from CSX Railroad.
The incident is still under investigation.
Smokey would like to wish the man a speedy recovery.