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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
A mother and her son were killed Saturday morning when their car was hit by a train at a railroad crossing on Coleman Road near U.S. 78 in Oxford.
Thirty-five-year-old Temeshica Chatman and her 7-year-old son Nytavioun Powell, both of Oxford, were killed after a train hit the 2006 Pontiac Grand Am they were riding in around 6:30 a.m.
Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge has confirmed that the investigation
shows the crossing bar was down when the car tried to cross the tracks.
The accident remains under investigation.
Chatman was pronounced dead at the scene. Powell was transported to Regional Medical Center in Anniston, where he later died.
The driver of the car, Taneshya Chatman, 20, the daughter of the woman killed, was airlifted to UAB Hospital with life threatening injuries. She was released from the hospital on Monday.
Temeshica Chatman worked as a nurse at Talladega Pediatrics.
Monday, Jennifer Traylor and her two children placed flowers at the railroad crossing. She knew Chatman from work.
"She was a sweet lady. Always had time for the kids even if they were sick. She still had kind words to speak to them. She took time with the kids basically a part of their lives," Traylor said.
Nytavioun, who was also known as "Bubba," went to Mumford Elementary School, according to a relative.
Oxford police say the lights and crossing bar were working at the time of the accident. Traylor says this tragedy is and old lesson.
"Please stop. If the lights were working, even if they were not, stop and listen. Just like crossing a street. Just stop," she said.
Chief Patridge says the investigation is ongoing and will be turned over to the district attorney's office.