COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It was a close call for one Columbus driver as they come away unscathed after colliding with a train.
According to Columbus Police, an elderly driver in a Cadillac passed right through a railroad crossing Thursday morning on South Oakview Avenue between Cusseta Road and Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard.
Willy Parker spotted the accident on his way to work.
"I saw the Cadillac pull out real slow at the stop sign and cross the tracks and got run over by a train. I thought he was dead," he said.
Officials with Norfolk Southern Railroad tell WTVM they had a flag man out at the crossing stopping traffic for a train coming through and the driver went around the flag man and out on to the tracks.
The train was able to stop but not before it collided with car.
A worker on the train tells police he had to quickly climb a ladder on one of the box cars before he was pinned between the car and train.
Police cited the elderly driver for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device and not stopping at the stop sign at the crossing.
"He was lucky that he didn't get totally demolished," Parker added.
No one was injured in the crash.