UPDATE: Victim's names released in car & train accident


The Jefferson County Coroner has confirmed the identities of the family killed in Sunday's Amtrak train collision with a car.{} Consuelo Lavern Gurley, 40, was killed on the scene of the crash.{} Her youngest son, 12-year-old Micheal Shereef Earskin Junior, was also pronounced dead on the scene of the accident.


Family members say a mother and child died when an Amtrak train collided with their car. According to witnesses, the vehicle tried to bypass the guard arm at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and 17th Way South in Birmingham.

Beyond the bumper on the train tracks, stood a family in grief Sunday afternoon.

"Lord knows she didn't make it. She was going across the track. That's all we know." Dorothy Dowdell says her niece and niece's son died at the intersection. "It's just something we never know. We never know when it's going to be our time."

Birmingham Police say just two people were killed in this tragic accident and no one else was hurt when an Amtrak train, carrying 83 people from New York to New Orleans, hit the mid size car.

Investigators spent several hours going up and down the tracks. Part of the car ended up several feet beyond the intersection, the rest was pushed by the train until it stopped further down the tracks.

This particular area is busy with trains and there are railroad crossing signals with arms.

"I feel sad for the family. Cause I know it's really hard for them. It's something you never fathom." Dejaun Taylor lives close to the tracks.. and says he saw the collision. "It went around the rail." "If I see a train coming and I know how fast they're going, for you to go around the rail, you really don't have much time."

Sergeant Vincent Green believes the train was going 70 miles an hour when the accident happened. "It may look like it's going slow, but a lot of time they're really going fast."

Police have not released the names of the victims. We're waiting for them to release more information. We'll continue to update you on this story as soon as we learn more.