HOMERVILLE — A woman and three children were injured Thursday morning, one of them seriously, when the car she was driving was hit by a CSX train engine, said the Georgia State Patrol.
Shawn McNair, 32, of Homerville, blatantly passed vehicles that were stopped at a railroad crossing protected by electronic safety crossing arms and lights — which were activated to signal the approach of a freight train — and her car was hit by the CSX locomotive engine, said the Georgia State Patrol.
She was taken by a Clinch County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Clinch Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries, said Amanda Dixon, GSP Waycross post secretary. One of the children, Malik McNair, 7, was flown by medical helicopter to UF Health in Jacksonville, Fla., with serious injuries, said Dixon.
Two other children, Kelis Wells, 9, and 4-year-old Chance McNair, were taken by Clinch ambulance to Clinch Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries, said Dixon.
Shawn McNair was charged with failure to stop at a railroad grade crossing, reckless driving, driving without a license and violation of child restraint laws, said Dixon.
Driving a Chevrolet Malibu, she was northbound on Beal Street approaching the CSX crossing, said Dixon. She passed “in a reckless manner” two vehicles that were stationary and went around the crossing arms in an attempt to beat the train, said Dixon.
The front of the CSX engine struck the passenger side rear of the car, knocking it sideways where it became partially positioned on a secondary railroad track.
Engineer Timmy Riggins, 51, of Waycross, and his engine passenger, Christopher Meeks, 31, of Waycross, were not injured. Dixon said the engineer was blowing his horn and had the train lights flashing as it was westbound on the CSX railroad.
Dixon said the report did not denote the train’s speed, but she said it continued for 315 feet after the collision before coming to a stop.
Trooper Miles Cooper investigated the 4:45 a.m. crash.