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Woman charged by railroad police after striking train

Two people were injured here March 29 when a driver allegedly ignored a flashlight-waving railroad employee directing traffic at the Mill Street crossing in downtown Barnesville and was struck by a train. According to a report by officer Freddie Oates of the Barnesville Police Department, 45-year-old Tonya McMullen drove her SUV around the employee and into a passing freight just before 11 p.m. Oates reported he found McMullen lying in the passenger’s lap. Oates detected an odor of alcohol on the passenger but not the driver. McMullen and the unidentified passenger were taken by ambulance to Spalding Regional Hospital with neck and back pain but no injuries thought to be life threatening. McMullen was not charged locally but does face charges from the railroad police as a result of the crash. A railroad signal shelter and city electric meter were damaged in the aftermath of the crash.

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