Around 6:30 Wednesday night two cars took their chances to beat an oncoming train at the crossing on Main Street at the depot. The first car made it, skirting around the downed crossing barrier. How-ever, the second car did not.
According to Kingstree Pol-ice Department reports the front of a northbound CSX loc-omotive clipped the rear of the 2005 Nissan driven by Linnen Raheen of Georgetown. The impact sent the vehicle into a spin. The car then struck a light pole, wiping out the front end before coming to rest in the road near the former Piggly Wiggly parking lot.
Kingstree Police Depart-ment, Kingstree Fire Depart-ment, Williamsburg County Fire and EMS responded to the scene. Incredibly, Raheen and his two passengers were not seriously hurt.
However, after police ran a license check, it was found that Raheen’s license was suspended. According Police Chief Eric Williams, Raheen was arrested at the scene and charged with for suspension of license and failure to yield at a railroad crossing. Several years ago a child was killed at the same location when the driver of the vehicle she was in attempted to outrun the train.