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January 11, 2014

Local man, 60, killed in crash with train in Sparks

SPARKS —

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a traffic crash that involved a 60-year-old man who was struck by a train in Sparks Friday afternoon.

Sgt. J.C. Roberts with GSP told The Tifton Gazette Saturday that the crash occurred at 3:30 p.m. Friday on Railroad Street when the victim was traveling in a city-owned Ford pickup truck and failed to yield to the train. 

The train hit the truck on the driver’s side, spun it around and ejected the driver, Roberts said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no other people involved in the accident, Roberts said. The victim’s name is not available pending notification of next of kin

Roberts said the victim had a Tifton address but had moved to Sparks.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

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    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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