Posted: Thursday, March 7th 2013 at 2:01pm
Demorest woman killed when train hits her car
By Rob Moore Editor
CHATSWORTH – A Demorest woman lost her life when her car left the road and was struck by a CSX train in Murray County Wednesday morning.
Shirley Shedd, 58, of Demorest died when her Toyota Solara traveled over an embankment and was struck by the train in Chatsworth about 10:15 a.m.
“It’s just a freak accident,” said Chatsworth Police Chief Terry Martin. “She was traveling north on 411, which is State Route 61. There’s kind of a little of a curve there and there’s a grassy patch – probably about 15 foot of grass there – and she just, like the witness said, it looked like she just turned right and went through that little grassy patch on the bank and there was the railroad tracks. She went off about the time the train was coming.”
Martin said the bank is about six or seven feet high and drops to the railroad tracks.
“Sometimes you might sit here and there might not be a train come down those tracks for an hour and a half,” Martin said.
The train was unable to avoid striking Shedd’s car.
“When the train hit it, it would throw it up against the bank and it would come back and hit the train, then it would go back to the bank,” Martin said. “It did that six times before the train could get stopped.”
Martin said the train was doing approximately 30 mph and that allowed it to get stopped quickly.
“It was a rail train, not a freight [train],” Martin said. “It’s where they haul the rails where they do repairs on the track.”
Martin said Shedd was sent for an autopsy.
“We’re handling the investigation, along with the CSX Railroad Police,” Martin said. “We’re trying to figure out what happened.”
Martin said police pretty much have ruled a mechanical problem, such as a flat tire, broken axle, or broken tie rod end.
Hunter Funeral Home in Clayton is handling arrangements.
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