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Woman injured after car collides with train

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Authorities are at the scene of an accident involving a train and a vehicle in Douglasville.

The incident happened at Highway 92 and Bankhead Highway. Georgia State Patrol officials say a car flipped over after colliding with a train.

A woman was pulled out of the car and taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Stay with 11Alive for more details.

Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 


“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”


Douglas County hit-and-run driver arrested, student recovering

DOUGLAS COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – The woman charged with hitting a student getting off a school bus in Douglas County has been arrested and identified.

A spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol tells 11Alive News 46-year-old Yung Lam tried to illegally pass a school bus while it was unloading students. Destiny Wilson, a 17-year-old student, was hit by the car before it sped off Monday afternoon.

The impact knocked the girl down in pain and shattered her cell phone. She was clear-headed enough to borrow a friend's phone to call help for herself, however.

"She said, 'Granny, I think you're going to have to come and get me; I don't think I can walk up that hill,'" said Jean Hutto, the teen's grandmother. "So, I said, what happened?"

"I'm okay. Just shaken up a little bit," said Wilson.

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Douglas County's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

A 'Sign Spinner' and his touching life

A 'Sign Spinner' and his touching life

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- It's hard to get noticed outside Arbor Mall as the world zooms by at rush hour, but somehow one man cut through the traffic and distractions.

"I don't know him. I never met him. But I think that's one happy man. He's just full of joy," explained Lisa Cook.

That man is "Dancing Denson," the "sign spinner" for Atlanta West Jewelry.

"The way he moved was definitely not in his late sixties," said store owner Tiffany Stovall.

So when drivers noticed the memorial wreath in his place they began asking questions.

"It's just sad and somber. Lots of customers calling. Lots of customers coming in," Stovall said.

They're asking about Denson Phillips. We wish we could show you how twirled this sign. Since his death all that's left is describing how Phillips made people feel.

Red Cross needs blood and platelet donations

Red Cross needs blood and platelet donations

(WXIA) -- The American Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donations.

The recent rounds of winter weather that slammed much of the country forced the Red Cross to cancel more than 200 planned blood drives. It's the second shortfall this year; more than 26,400 donations went uncollected in early February, also thanks to weather.

"Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in," said Jerry J.K. Tillery, CEO of the Red Cross's Alabama and Central Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico and Southern Blood Service Regions. "Donors who give now are just restocking our shelves; they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need."

Visit redcrossblood.org to find a donation location and schedule an appointment.

The Red Cross has also planned a number of blood drives in Douglas County:

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Interstate 20 will bear the brunt of this weekend's roadwork, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Drivers are asked to avoid nonessential travel on I-20, as road projects will require lane closures that will likely result in delays.

A number of surface streets will also be impacted by construction crews.

As always, all work is weather permitting. Get this weekend's forecast.

Cobb/Fulton counties: I-285
2 northbound lanes will be closed between Bolton and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Coweta County: I-85
1 southbound lane will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.