Highway 56 reopens after train derailment

Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 6:16 PM
Last updated 8:32 PM
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The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says Georgia Highway 56 near the Richmond County and Burke County line reopened Friday after a train derailment this week.

The road had been closed since Tuesday, when a logging truck hit the train, causing more than 20 cars to derail, said Rick Harris, Norfolk Southern’s director of corporate communications.

The driver of the truck, Ronald Wade, 59, of Waynesboro, Ga., managed to jump from the truck before it hit the train. He has been charged with failure to stop at a railroad crossing signal, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions, no brakes and no tag.

Harris said the rail line reopened Wednesday afternoon.

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