NORCROSS -- The man killed by a train Tuesday in Norcross may have been trying to help his friend escape harm's way, authorities said.
Gwinnett County police identified the Lawrenceville resident struck by the train in Tuesday's incident as 51-year-old Tony Lungaro. His death was the end result of a two-vehicle accident that sent the pickup truck he rode in careening onto the tracks.
According to authorities, Lungaro was riding south on Buford Highway in 40-year-old Lorenzo Wilkerson's 2003 Ford F150 when, just before 5 p.m., a Chevrolet Astrovan headed the other direction attempted to turn left onto Amwiler Road.
"The Astrovan failed to yield and turned in front of the F150, causing the collision," Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. "The F150 came to an uncontrolled stop on the railroad tracks."
Lungaro reportedly got out of the truck and approached the driver's side, possibly attempting to assist his friend, Smith said. He was instead struck by the train and killed on impact.
Emergency personnel arrived on scene within about two minutes of the crash, extinguishing the fire burning in the F150 and removing Wilkerson, who was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
The driver of the Astrovan, identified as 25-year-old Severin Gluschak, sustained minor injuries. It was unclear if he would face criminal charges.
"No charges have been made at this time, pending the conclusion of the investigation," Smith said.
Tuesday's scene was just half a mile or so from the place where 37-year-old Devonn Graham was killed on Feb. 4. Graham was reportedly walking beside the tracks near Johnson Road when he was hit by a Norfolk Southern train and killed.