Scary video: Train collides with car in Brewton, 2 airlifted to hospital

Published: Jun. 2, 2023 at 12:01 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2023 at 10:22 PM CDT
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MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Two people were injured today when a freight train collided with a vehicle on the tracks at U.S. 31 in Brewton, according to the Brewton Fire Department.

Train hits car in Brewton Alabama. Video by: Zaviar Likely

The department’s Branden Barlow told FOX10 News the collision happened about 9:45 a.m. He said two injured people were pulled from the vehicle and airlifted to a local hospital.

Dramatic witness video shows the vehicle being pushed by a locomotive some distance along the track before the train could come to a stop.

Brewton Police are investigating the accident. Sgt. Heath Madison tells us the driver a Florida man and his teenage daughter were in stable condition. While the intersection does not have crossing arms, it does have warning and dings when activated as a train approaches. Sgt. Madison also says they are also looking at surveillance video of the accident and that witnesses say the train was blowing its horn as it was approaching.

Meanwhile, this marks the sixth crash in our area involving a train in the last couple of months.

In late March: a train crash in Irvington near the Palmer’s Quick Stop on Highway 90 and Irvington Bayou La Batre Highway involving an Amtrak train doing trial runs for the route between Mobile and New Orleans. The driver and two passengers were taken to the hospital with only minor injuries.

Then in April, a crash in Grand Bay caught on cell phone video. The good news no one was hurt. The two young girls in the vehicle apparently got stuck on the tracks and were able to get out just in time.

In late April another collision involving an Amtrak train at Navco Road and Dog River Drive North -- this time deadly. Police say the driver, identified as 28-year-old Chadwick Timmons, allegedly tried to cross the tracks while the arms were down.

And this past weekend, 29-year-old James Lett also killed when his Nissan was hit as he was crossing the tracks at Forest Hill Drive.