Originally created 02/27/06

Across Georgia



Fire that killed man under investigation

ROME - Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a house fire that claimed the life of a 91-year-old man.

Daniel Brown Sr. died Saturday en route to Floyd Medical Center, Chief Deputy Coroner Tony Cooper said. Although an autopsy was to be performed today, preliminary reports suggested that Mr. Brown died of smoke inhalation.

His son told firefighters that his father frequently lit candles for light, and fire officials said the area where Mr. Brown lived had lost power at about 2:15 a.m. Saturday because of a nearby car accident.

Investigators say they are almost positive the fire was started by a candle, although fire officials have not found the candle responsible for the blaze, Battalion Chief Tony Brock said.

Proposal would make Dunwoody a city

LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials are examining whether Dunwoody should become a city.

State Sen. Dan Weber, R-Dunwoody, filed legislation last week that would let voters decide whether they want to form a city with a mayor and city council that would assume the duties now handled by DeKalb County commissioners.

Mr. Weber, who also represents the Peachtree Corners area near Norcross, said the full Senate will consider the bill soon. The legislation must also pass the House and be signed by the governor.

If successful, a referendum on incorporation would be held in March 2007.

1 dead after Norfolk Southern train hits car

BREMEN - One person was killed and another injured when the pickup they were riding in was hit by a train at a railroad crossing.

Authorities believe the truck's driver might have been trying to beat the Norfolk-Southern train through the crossing when it was struck Saturday morning.

The pickup was hit and carried down the tracks before the train was able to come to a complete stop.

The other occupant of the truck, a 20-year-old man, was taken to Higgins General Hospital in Bremen and then by ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center.

Driver dies, passenger is injured in collision

ATHENS - A Danielsville woman died Saturday in a head-on collision in Franklin County.

The woman's Dodge Caravan crossed the center line of Georgia Highway 106 south of Carnesville and hit a tractor trailer head-on, according to the Georgia State Patrol's Toccoa post.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene at about 2:30 p.m. A passenger was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center and was in serious condition Sunday.