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Driver arrested for DUI after getting car stuck on train tracks

As if taking a dead-end road wasn't bad enough, a Lincolnton man's troubles only got worse.

It all began for 47-year-old Bobby Joe Saggus as he was traveling along the Myrtle Lake Drive in McDuffie County about 4:45 p.m. Dec. 30.

After realizing he was on the road that ended near Boneville Grocery, Mr. Saggus put his Lincoln Town Car in reverse to exit the road. Before he could get off the road, however, he wrecked.

His car was partially in a ditch, while the remainder of it straddled train tracks.

Mr. Saggus, who was not injured, freed himself from the car. But he knew his car would be destroyed if a train came.

It was not immediately known how authorities were summoned to the scene.

Sure enough, a train was in the area, according to Trooper Matthew MacDonald, of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown.

Luckily, though, dispatchers with the Georgia State Patrol and McDuffie County Sheriff's Department worked together with CSX Transportation Inc. dispatchers to notify the train engineer just in the nick of time about the car being partially on the tracks.

"The train missed hitting the car by only about 100 feet," Trooper MacDonald told The McDuffie Mirror . "It was a very fortunate situation."

Mr. Saggus, who admitted having drank a couple of beers before the mishap, was charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane and running a stop sign, Trooper MacDonald said.

Web posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010

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