Woman hit, killed by train in Athens

Alana Jade King (Photo: Aryanna Roberts)

ATHENS (WATE) – A woman died from injuries after she was hit by a train in Athens.

Alana “Jade” King died, 21, was driving over the tracks Sunday afternoon when a Norfolk Southern train hit her. The accident happened at the railroad crossing on Howard Street off of Cook Drive.

Witnesses told police that a vehicle was in front of King. They said she tried to make it through the intersection, but the train hit the front of her vehicle.

The train knocked her vehicle into two parked car, according to police. King was found unconscious in the driver’s seat and taken by ambulance to the emergency room.


Dozens of loved ones gathered at the site of the accident on Sunday to put out candles for King and join in prayer. Loved ones say her death could have been easily prevented. Friends of King said they’ve asked the city for years to put up guards and that they know that others have been hurt at the intersection.

King’s fiance, Ahsante Smith, said he talked to her about 45 minutes before she died. “They should have some rails right there, period,” said Smith told WTVC. “That wouldn’t have happened right there. She would have seen the rails come down and that wouldn’t have happened at all.”

The City of Athens said they have a contract in place to put crossing stop bars at the intersection.

Less than 24 hours after King was hit, another car was struck by a train Monday morning on Railroad Avenue in Athens.

Athens Police Department said the driver was able to get out of the car before the train hit it. Police said it appears the car broke down or somehow got hung up on the track.

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