• Driver of van that collided with train near Mississippi interstate claims lights weren't working

    By: Winnie Wright , Tom Dees

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    MARSHALL COUNTY, Miss. - The owner of the moving company whose van was hit told FOX13 that the lights at the railroad crossing were not working at the time of the deadly crash.

    Johnathan Strausser, the owner of American Veterans Moving, said multiple people told him the lights malfunctioned. 

    BNSF Railroad told FOX13 they are still pulling video from the train’s onboard camera, which could take up to 24-48 hours. 

    The investigation is still ongoing, and BNSF said they cannot speak to whether the lights were working at the time or not. 


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    However, Strausser said the driver of the van that was hit by the train is speaking. Strausser told FOX13 the driver said he didn’t see any red lights flashing when approaching the intersection. 

    The three other contractors who were in the van are still in critical condition. 

    Strausser said another local contractor claims the same problem at that crossing. 

    “He was over here about two weeks ago, and if he would have not slammed on his brakes at the last second, then he would have been a fatality as well,” Strausser said. “Just a matter of seconds and he was blessed.”

    BNSF said the train has to sound its horn multiple times starting 1,500 feet out from the intersection and through the intersection.

     


    ORIGINAL STORY: 

    The two victims who were killed after a train collided with a vehicle in Mississippi have been identified. 

    Marshall County Coroner James Anderson identified the two victims as Chairty Mull, 27, and Brandon Mosley, 27. 

    Officials said both victims were from Memphis, and their families have been notified. 

    Three people are still in critical condition after the train collided with a vehicle in Red Banks, Mississippi, according to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office. 

    The crash happened on N. Red Banks Rd. at Fresco Rd. near I-22.

     

     

    According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there has not been a crash at that intersection in the last five years.

     

     

    There was a camera on the front of the train, officials said.

    Investigators are going to use that to determine what caused the crash. 


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