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Investigation continues into double fatal wreck with train


Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept.'s Major Accident Investigation Team continues to investigate a wreck involving a train and SUV that left two people dead on Sunday. 

Two women were killed and a woman and teen were injured when the SUV they were in drove around railroad barriers and into the path of a freight train today on the 200 block of Gulfstream Road.

Martha Newton, 57, of Savannah, driver of the SUV, and Amanda Newton, 34, of Atlanta, were declared dead at the scene at 1:49 p.m. Sunday. Everyone except Martha Newton were ejected from the SUV. 

Vanessa Newton, 35, of Atlanta, was airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center and A-Mirackle Newton, 14, of Atlanta, was transported by ambulance to the hospital. A-Mirackle Newton was in serious condition and Vanessa Newton was in critical condition.

The white SUV was headed north on Gulfstream Road. Police said Martha Newton ignored flashing lights and drove around the railroad crossing arms into the path of the train. 

"She proceeded into the intersection. She tried to go around the front gate, but the train couldn't have possibly seen here coming," said Laura Lee Bocade.

Bocade was sitting in her car, two cars behind the white SUV.

"I could hear it, it was blowing it's horn," she said. "She went through the front gate and the train slammed into her at full speed. The car flew into the air."

Garden City, Port Wentworth, Savannah, and Southside Fire firefighters responded.

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