A Birmingham man says he saw the crash between an Amtrak train and a car that killed two people.
Dejuan Taylor lives just doors down from the train crossing located at Harrison Avenue and 17th Way Southeast, where the accident happened Sunday.
"I was sitting in my car and I was adjusting the knob on the radio and all of a sudden, I heard the train's horn go... like baaaaaaaa," Taylor reports.
Taylor also reports the train signals were working and the gates were down. "Then I looked up and as I looked up the girl was going around the train and within a half a second the train just hit the car and just ‘drug' the car about a block or so."
The victims of the crash were identified Monday morning. The Jefferson County Coroner's Office identifies the victims as Consuelo Laverne Gurley, 40, of Birmingham, and Michael Shereef Earskin, Jr., 12, of Birmingham.
According to an Amtrak spokesman, none of the 83 people on board were hurt.
Witnessing the tragic event has been tough on Taylor, he says. "It's been hard because I see an image of the train hitting the car and it's a bad experience... so you know it's something you never want to see in your life... I just suggest no one try to beat the train."
The accident is still under investigation.
More information will be available at 5 and 6 tonight.
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