BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: It has been confirmed that the vehicle was traveling north on I-459 with a boat. The vehicle left the interstate between the north and southbound lanes just before exit 1. The vehicle came to rest next to the tracks and the boat and trailer ended up on the tracks.
The coroner has identified the victim as 42-year-old Kyle Brandon Mabrey of McCalla. Those mourning Mabrey include the Fishling League Worldwide. FLW reports he was well-known Alabama pro angler, husband, and father of two who worked professionally as a respiratory therapist at Children’s of Alabama.
While many remembered Mabrey for his fishing skills, plenty of others remembered him for the work he did during the week: taking care of children while they were ill.
Gina Pennington says she went to Hueytown High School with Mabrey, but really got to know him and his wife well when her daughter was in Children’s for an extended amount of time. She says the staff at Children’s became like a second family, and that during his time at Children’s, Mabrey positively impacted the lives of thousands of children.
Pennington remembered Mabrey as, “one of the best, if not THE BEST, respiratory therapists at Children’s.”
Children’s of Alabama has issued a statement mourning Mabrey’s passing which can be read in full below:
“Children’s of Alabama is saddened by the tragic loss of our staff member Kyle Mabrey. We express our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Elizabeth and their children Evan and Emma. Our entire Children’s family grieves with them.”
ORIGINAL: Bessemer Police are investigating after a train accident that occurred around 11:25 p.m. Sunday night.
Multiple agencies were called to the rail crossing at McAdory School Road. When authorities arrived, Fire and Rescue found one vehicle had been struck by a train that was heading northbound. One person was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators have not released the name of the person killed. There was only one person in the vehicle and no one else was hurt.
Crews on the scene say it’s unclear why the SUV with the boat on a trailer was partially on the tracks when the train came through. They say it could have fallen over the overpass on I-459 that passes over the tracks. That is something investigators will be looking into once the sun comes out.
The train track cross bars and lights were flashing when the train moved through. There is no damage near the intersection.
We will update you with more information as we receive it.