Update on 6: 3 Crew Members Released From Hospital After Trains Collide In Washington County

Photo fro mthe scene of a crash involving two trains in Sandersville, Georgia.
Photo fro mthe scene of a crash involving two trains in Sandersville, Georgia.

***UPDATED at 6:45 P.M. on Saturday, August 8th***

One crew member remains hospitalized after a train wreck sent four people to the hospital. three of those people have been released.

At 12:30 today the train track reopened and the scene is cleared.

Rick Harris, Director Corporate Communications for Norfolk Southern says they are still investigating the cause of collision that caused the derailment.

***UPDATED at 5:53 P.M. on Friday, August 7th***

Sandersville, GA – We have learned more information on a Friday afternoon crash in Sandersville, Georgia involving two trains.

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According to Rick Harris, from Norfolk Southern, the trains involved in the Sandersville, Georgia crash are train #208, out of Atlanta, Georgia that was headed to Savannah, Georgia. The second train was a local industry train that worked in the area hauling wood chips and scrap metal. An undetermined number of cars derailed, and debris from the industry train is scattered onto ground.

According to Davisboro (Georgia) Fire-Rescue crews, 2 people were airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center. Their conditions are not known, at this time. Two others were taken to hospital in Sandersville. We have found out that they are both in stable condition, but further details are unavailable, at this time.

Two crew members taken to a hospital in Augusta, Georgia and two others were treated at a local hospital in Sandersville.

The severity of the injuries has not been released, at this time.

There were a total of three derailed locomotives and three derailed cars in the crash. There is not a hazmat situation at the site, at this time.

Officials with Norfolk Southern and emergency officials were working on assessing the damage and getting the train re-railed and moved out. One ofthe trains is currently being moved.

Our Nicole Snyder is at the site of the crash. We will have more information on this crash in our Friday evening newscasts.


***UPDATED at 2:54 P.M. on Friday, August 7th***

Sandersville, GA
– WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that four people were injured after two trains collided in Washington County.

The Macon, Georgia ABC affiliate (WGXA) confirms with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office that there are four injuries after the two trains collided at Highway 242 and Sunhill Grange Road, in Sandersville.

Norfolk Southern is sending investigators to the scene, as well.

A Norfolk Southern spokesperson tells WGXA that they are just starting to assess what happened.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and we will provide more details as they become available.

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