Driver hurt in train crash cited for stopping on tracks

Published: Jul. 31, 2011 at 4:52 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2011 at 7:11 PM EDT
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GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A 40-year-old man was cited for stopping on the railroad tracks in Goose Creek after his Jeep was hit by an Amtrak train late Saturday night.

The Goose Creek Police Department issued a ticket to John Arthell Davis who was ejected from his Jeep in Saturday's accident. The wreck involved three other vehicles at the intersection of Highway 52 and Redbank Road.

Three other people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries

According to a witness, the incident started when a traffic signal on Redbank Road turned green and railroad crossing arms started to come down. Investigators say three cars made it through the track, but Davis' Jeep stopped on the tracks as he blew his horn for the vehicles in front to move forward.

Witnesses say when no one moved, the train hit the Jeep, spinning it around multiple times. The Jeep then struck an Oldsmobile which then pushed a Ford Focus into the rear of a Toyota Highlander.

When investigators spoke to the driver of the Focus, she told police that the Highlander had the green light, but did not move. When police spoke to the driver of the Highlander, the driver said that the traffic signal was red and before he could do something, the Focus bumped into their car.

Authorities say Davis was taken to the hospital for several lacerations. The train was not damaged in the wreck.

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