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Driver is improving in hospital

The driver of the car that collided with a train continues to improve. Medical College of Georgia spokeswoman Denise Parrish said last week that Freddie Virginia Beck was in fair condition. And on Monday, Ms. Parrish said her status has been upgraded to good condition.

Ms. Becks, 54, of Lincolnton, drove her Honda Accord in front of a train on Sept. 13. Thomson Police Sgt. Jammie Smith said Ms. Becks was cited for failure to stop at a railroad crossing with flashing lights.

There were three passengers in the car. Sgt. Smith said their names and conditions are not being released because they are residents of a personal care home in Lincoln County.

The accident is the third in recent years at the Greenway Street crossing. A woman was killed in May 2008, after the car she was driving was struck by a train. In January, a dump truck crossing the tracks also was struck, but no one was injured.

Web posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010

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