Funeral set for well-known former coach killed after train collision

Well-known former coach is third killed in a year at train crossing

COOSADA, Ala. (WSFA) - Funeral plans are now set for a well-known former Stanhope Elmore coach and principal who died after his car collided with a train in Coosada Wednesday.

Elmore County Schools Superintendent Richard Dennis confirmed the passing of Conrad Henderson, saying he died late Saturday night.

A visitation is set for Tuesday from 1-7 p.m. at Brookside Funeral Home in Millbrook. Henderson’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Stanhope Elmore High School’s gymnasium.

Conrad Henderson
Conrad Henderson (Source: Stanhope Elmore High School)

Henderson had been recovering at a hospital after the collision, which happened at the intersection of Pecan Grove Road and Coosada Parkway just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The 89-year-old’s car was parked at a stop sign, headed west on Pecan Grove as the train approached.

Stanhope Elmore High School posted about the former coach’s death on Facebook, offering condolences to Henderson’s family.

Condolences and prayers to the family of Coach Conrad Henderson, a pillar of the Millbrook Community and a monumental...

Posted by Stanhope Elmore High School on Sunday, 1 September 2019

Henderson’s crash is the third train verses car collision at that particular crossing in less than a year.

Officials say while there’s plenty of traffic across these tracks for a town the size of Coosada, it’s not enough to upgrade the cross with gates, bells and lights.

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