published Monday, April 1st, 2013

Mom, daughter escape car before train crash in North Georgia

ROME, Ga. - Authorities say a mother and her daughter in northwest Georgia managed to escape from their car on railroad tracks moments before the train slammed into their vehicle.

The Rome News-Tribune reports that the collision happened Sunday on East 12th Street in Rome, where the car stalled on the railroad tracks.

Laterica Finley said she was going over the tracks when her front axle broke. As she got out to survey the damage, she heard someone say "I think I hear a train coming."

About a minute later, she said, the Norfolk Southern engine rammed the passenger side of the car. She had just gotten her 4-year-old daughter out of the back of the car and were both a safe distance away when the train slammed into the car.

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