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Victims identified in fatal Amtrak train collision

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A mother and her child were killed when the car they were in collided with an Amtrack train, which then dragged it down the track. A mother and her child were killed when the car they were in collided with an Amtrack train, which then dragged it down the track.
A law enforcement official surveys the damage to the car involved in the deadly train collision. Source: WBRC video A law enforcement official surveys the damage to the car involved in the deadly train collision. Source: WBRC video
The collision happened at a train crossing on 17th Way Southwest and Harrison Avenue in west Birmingham. Source: WBRC video The collision happened at a train crossing on 17th Way Southwest and Harrison Avenue in west Birmingham. Source: WBRC video
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office has identified a woman and child who died Sunday when their car collided with a train.

Forty-year-old Consuelo Gurley and her son 12-year-old Michael Shereef Earskin, Jr. were both killed in the accident. It happened at a train crossing on 17th Way Southwest and Harrison Avenue in West Birmingham.

On Sunday night, the coroner's office had identified the woman who died in the crash, but they were waiting to release her name along with the name of her child.

Witnesses say the woman was trying to beat the train. According to Dejuan Taylor, who witnessed the accident, the train blew its horn and within half a second it hit her car and dragged it down the track. Passengers on the train say they had no idea how bad it really was until they saw all the first responders show up.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. The train was on its was from Atlanta to New Orleans.

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