The tragic wreck occurred about 6.5 miles from downtown Rutledge.

The tragic wreck occurred about 6.5 miles from downtown Rutledge.

By Patrick Yost editor

A Covington man died Sunday after the 1999 Kenworth tractor he was driving was struck by a CSX train. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Richard F. Furry, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:05 p.m. wreck.

Reports state that Furry was attempting to drive the truck across a crossing at Double Bridges Road when, apparently, the truck became stuck in a ditch near the crossing.

Georgia State Patrol TFC Alan Rhodes reported that he interviewed both a conductor and engineer of the CSX freight train and both stated that they observed the truck sitting on the tracks.

The men said that after they gave warning horn blasts they observed smoke emit from the exhaust pipes of the truck and the truck attempted to move off the tracks but failed and was struck by the train.

Reports state that based on an investigation following the crash, the driver appeared to have been attempting to exit the truck at the time of the crash.

The seatbelt in the vehicle was loose and appeared to have been disengaged.

The truck was traveling south on Double Bridges Road towards Dixie Highway. Reports state that the truck came to rest approximately 100 feet from the crossing. There were no other injuries reported in the wreck and no charges were filed.