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Adairsville teen killed in Wednesday morning train accident

Authorities said 17-year-old Justin Garland was crossing a railroad track into a private drive when he was hit and killed.
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BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. — A 17-year-old has died after a train accident in Bartow County on Wednesday morning.

Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton confirmed that Justin Garland of Adairsville was killed while trying to cross a railroad track into a private drive.

Guyton added that the Georgia State Patrol is handling the actual crash investigation.

The train collision happened just off of Hall Station Road in unincorporated Bartow County. According to the Georgia State Patrol, Garland was driving a 1982 Chevrolet C20 onto the private drive when he crossed in front of a CSX freight train that was traveling north. The conductor said he used his train horn to warn the driver but was unable to stop, striking the passenger-side door of the truck.

Guyton said that conditions in the area were foggy and he didn't believe there was a crossing arm at the intersection where the crash happened. The family has since been notified of the deadly crash.

Since news of Garland's death has spread, tributes have begun appearing on social media with one describing him as a "sweet, kind, funny and loving young man."

"You were like a little brother to me," said another adding that they were supposed to meet up this weekend.


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