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Passenger gets out of car before train hits, suffers only minor injuries

Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 9:42 am

If there can be such a thing as a glancing blow from a freight train, a 28-year-old woman from Garrett has survived it with relatively minor injuries.

At 3:16 a.m. Sunday, deputies from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department were sent to the site of a car-train crash near the intersection of U.S. 6 and DeKalb County Road 53. They found a motorist and his passenger standing along U.S. 6, and they learned how the crash happened.

The driver, Jason Freeman, 27, of rural Garrett, said that he was driving east on U.S. 6 and swerved to miss a deer crossing the roadway. He lost control of his 2004 Chevrolet Impala, and it ran off the south side of the road, traveling about 150 feet southeast, where it hit the Norfolk Southern rail lines.

He told investigators that he tried but failed to free the vehicle from the tracks. He and his passenger, Jessica Corbin of Garrett, left the car and were standing nearby, when, according to the driver, a minute or two later the car was struck by a eastbound train. Corbin was struck by flying debris and suffered cuts and bruises to her upper right arm and right shin.

The passenger was taken to DeKalb Health for treatment. The driver said he was not injured.