Train collides with SUV after vehicle loses wheel

by Wes Mayer

A train collided with an older model sport utility vehicle Tuesday in Newnan after one of the vehicle's wheels fell off while crossing the tracks.

Just after 9 a.m., the driver of a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban was crossing the railroad tracks on Spence Avenue, just off Greenville Street south of downtown, when the driver's side rear wheel fell off, said Traffic Sgt. Lane Yearta with the Newnan Police Department.

According to Yearta, the driver, Eleazar Del Bosque Perez, exited the vehicle and ran to the nearby car lot to call the Suburban's owner. When Perez saw a train was rolling down the tracks, he tried to move the car himself, Yearta said, but abandoned the car before the train collided with it. Perez then left the scene.

The train struck the Suburban on the driver's rear side, Yearta said, totalling it. The train then stopped but was not severely damaged. No injuries were reported by either Perez or train personnel.

About an hour later, Perez turned himself in to the Newnan Police Department, Yearta said. He was charged for driving with defective equipment and failure to report an accident.



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