Authorities ID 2 killed in Amtrak-car collision

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Jefferson County Coroner's Office has identified the two people who died in a collision between a car and an Amtrak train.

Authorities say 40-year-old Consuelo Laverne Gurley and her 12-year-old son, Micheal Shereff Earskin Jr., died after the Sunday afternoon crash at a train crossing near Harrison Avenue and 17th Way Southeast.

The Birmingham News reports (http://bit.ly/ZLkeib) that the family lived not far from where the collision occurred.

Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said the train, the Crescent, was traveling from New York and New Orleans, and none of the 83 passengers nor any of the crew were injured. The accident occurred two days after a collision between a car and an Amtrak train killed three people in Toccoa, Ga.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews




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