Three students attending a Georgia college’s truck driving
school and their instructor were killed when a train hit the rig used to train
the students Monday, Aug. 30.
At approximately 3:50 p.m., the rig was stopped at a
railroad crossing at the intersection of State Highway 84 and Bert-Phillips
Rd., according to police reports. According to witness accounts, the truck
jumped forward twice, as if the clutch had been popped, into the path of the
The train, unable to stop, hit the truck. As the train drug the truck, the
truck’s cab caught on fire. The truck was pushed approximately 1,000
feet down the tracks before the train was able to stop. All four were
pronounced dead at the scene.
According to police reports, the students killed in the
wreck were Jamie Carlton
Holmes, 34, of Cairo, GA; Michael Elton Raley, 46, of Colquitt, GA; Deborah Kay
Sims Martin, 40, of Cairo; GA; and instructor Laura Palmer Jenson, 38, of
engineer of the train was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated and