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Uber driver killed after stuck vehicle hit by train near downtown Duluth

The driver, identified as 39-year-old Guangyun Jin, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Published: Mar. 17, 2022 at 9:27 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - A rideshare driver is dead after being hit by a freight train near downtown Duluth around 5:25 a.m. March 17.

According to the Duluth Police Department, the rideshare vehicle became stuck while driving across the tracks near Main and Hardy streets. A passenger inside the vehicle was able to jump out of the vehicle when they saw the train coming. However, the driver continued to try to get his vehicle off the tracks and was struck and killed by the train.

The vehicle was dragged for several hundred yards after it was struck. The driver, identified as 39-year-old Guangyun Jin, was pronounced dead at the scene. His family told CBS46 he drove for Uber.

The signals at the railroad crossing were working properly, by all accounts. However, the police department said it is not uncommon for vehicles to become stuck in that particular spot.

Norfolk Southern released the following statement: