Tractor-Trailer Struck by Train

There were no injuries reported after a train struck a tractor-trailer stuck on the CSX tracks at Cherokee and Main Street.

A tractor-trailer was struck by a train today after getting stuck on the CSX track at Cherokee and Main Street in downtown Kennesaw.

Officers responded to the incident shortly before 6 p.m., according to a release from the

The tractor-trailer got stuck on the tracks at the intersection of Cherokee and Main Street. Just as the incident was being dispatched, a CSX train approached the intersection and struck the mid-section of the trailer, said police.

The driver of the tractor-trailer exited the vehicle before being hit. There were no reported injuries, said police.

Police said the tractor-trailer belongs to Atlanta Foods International and was being driven by 44-year-old Alando Hawkins. Hawkins was charged with not obeying the signal indicating an approaching train.

This isn't the first time a tractor-trailer has gotten stuck on the tracks at the same crossing, nor is it the first time one has been struck by a train there.

In a similar incident in December 2009, a tractor-trailer carrying supplies for Papa John's was hit at the same crossing.

Police said incidents of trucks getting stuck on the tracks have occurred on several occasions. Signage in the area clearly prohibits tractor-trailers from crossing the tracks.

Cherokee Street between Big Shanty Road and Main Street will be closed for the remainder of the night until the debris is removed and the tracks are deemed safe by CSX, said police.

As of about 8:15 p.m., police said the train had already been backed up and authorities were working on moving the tractor-trailer.

Joe Bozeman December 15, 2011 at 12:40 PM
I am around the CSX tracks alot, I have the CSX emergency number programmed in my cell phone. I suggest if you around the tracks often to load the number in your cell phone 1-800-232-0144. The dispatcher can alert a train crew in seconds if there is a problem on the tracks.
Gaetana Pipia December 16, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Thank you for the helpful information, Joe!
Joe Bozeman December 16, 2011 at 05:16 PM
As I type this message there is another truck stuch on the crossing in Kennesaw.
Heyboy December 27, 2011 at 05:03 AM
In looking over the signs leading up to the crossing I noticed most if not all where low to the road and not high where the drivers of these rigs could see them easily. One fix cold be to raise the signs to a higher level so truckers could see them better. Yes they may be using a GPS but their eyes are not always on the unit and the higher signs would make them much easier to see. Maybe even add a few yellow blinking warning lights to help them see much better.
Heyboy December 27, 2011 at 05:05 AM
Thanks for posting the Emergenchy phone number for CSX Joe, I have added it to my list on my iphone as well. Just in case.


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