Originally created 08/12/02

Across Georgia



Two teenagers die in highway accidents

DORAVILLE -A teenager lost control of his car, ran into a tree and died early Sunday morning - the second teen traffic fatality of the weekend.

The teen, who was not identified, and a friend were speeding on Tilly Mill Road at about 2 a.m. when they got in the single-car crash, said DeKalb fire Lt. Eric Jackson. The passenger was injured and treated.

Police said they were investigating whether alcohol was involved.

Late Friday night, a 16-year-old died when he skidded off the road, through several trees and into an iron fence, police said. Four others, ages 14 to 17, were injured. The wreck occurred shortly before midnight on Flakes Mill Road near Henry County.

Empty tanker cars leave railroad tracks

ATLANTA -Emergency and hazardous materials crews responded to a train derailment Saturday night in southeast Atlanta after several cars went off the track.

Although the tankers were empty, two of them usually carry the chemical xylene, a colorless liquid with a sweet odor. It is used as a cleaning agent.

Emergency crews put down water lines as a precaution because xylene, also found in paint thinner, is flammable. Breathing it or absorbing it through the skin or digestive system can cause serious health problems.

No one was injured. The area around the derailment was closed to traffic.

Rare birds thriving on abandoned coast

PELICAN SPIT -Several rare bird species are slowly returning to five small barrier islands along the Georgia coast four years after the state limited human activity.

The birds have resumed nesting, and they show signs of rebounding, said Brad Winn, a wildlife biologist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Pelican Spit and its four nearby islands have been a popular site for kayakers, anglers and recreational boaters.

Weekend car wreck kills 2 Royston men

ATHENS - Two men were killed in an early-morning auto accident Saturday on Georgia Highway 8, the Georgia State Patrol reported.

Troopers said that Brian Bell, 24, and Nick Carey, 22, both of Royston, were killed when their vehicle - which was traveling northbound - swerved, struck a tree and flipped over at about 3:30 a.m.

Troopers said the accident is under investigation.