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IN BRIEF: SUV struck by train, two seriously injured

SUV struck by train, two seriously injured

COVINGTON -- An SUV driven by a female and carrying one passenger was struck by a train at the railroad crossing at N. Emory Street near The Depot restaurant Saturday afternoon, according to the Covington Police Department.

CPD spokesman Wendell Wagstaff said the vehicle was traveling south on Ga. Highway 81, or Emory Street, about 12:50 p.m. and, according to witness statements, the driver of a Honda SUV went around the arm of the crossing signal in an apparent attempt to beat the train. She didn't make it.

"We were told the vehicle was actually lifted up and fell on its roof. It took the train a while to stop and it probably pushed the van 50 yards down the track," Wagstaff said.

Wagstaff said the impact of the train was on the driver's side.

Both the driver and the passenger were taken by air ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with serious injuries. Their status was unknown at presstime.

An investigation into the crash is being conducted by the Georgia State Patrol.