WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A Macon mother and her daughter died on the eve of Memorial Day after the car they were riding in collided with a train.
Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin says the accident happened at the intersection of Ignico Drive and Highway 247. The driver of the vehicle, Willy Lyons, was in the car with his girlfriend, Dannella Reid, and their one-month old daughter, Kinsley Lyons. Willy Lyons is still alive, but neither of the two passengers survived the crash.
Venita Chappell is a friend of the couple. She believes the accident could have been prevented.
"There was a witness says that the lights wasn't flashing and they was caught off guard. They need to get out here and fix this because it's going to claim more lives," says Chappell.
There's no railroad crossing arms at the intersection, but Galpin says a driver can clearly see any on-coming trains.
"It's unobstructed in both directions, but we don't know if he was conversing with Miss Reid and just wasn't paying attention," says Galpin.
Galpin says Kinsley went into cardiac arrest on the scene, and was transported to the Houston County Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Reid was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia. She died in the emergency room.
The Houston County Sheriff's office took over the investigation, but Galpin says it doesn't appear to be anything more than an accident.
"We don't know why he didn't see the train, but he just pulled out in front of it and was struck. It's just a tragic accident," says Galpin.
Chappell says the accident is still fresh in the families' minds.
"It's something we are all struggling with. That's why I ask for prayer, it's going to be a long haul."
Galpin says Lyons was transported to the MCCG on Sunday night where he underwent surgery. Lyons is currently listed in stable condition in the ICU.