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Fatal train accident: New information about why it happened

Rena & Rashod Gilmore     Source: Family Rena & Rashod Gilmore Source: Family
Andrew Gilmore   Source: Family Andrew Gilmore Source: Family
HAZLEHURST, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There is new information in the investigation into the train accident that killed two Friday in downtown Hazlehurst.

Chief Byron Swilley has identified the fatal victims as 42-year-old Andrew Gilmore and 3-year-old Rashod Gilmore. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

A second boy, 4-year-old Rena Gilmore, suffered injuries but was released from the hospital Monday.

"What he was supposed to do was bring them to the store and bring them right back," said Rena and Rashod's mother, Latasha Gilmore. "But what I'm hearing, and there are all kinds of rumors, he was supposed to take them to the football game."

Walking on the train tracks would have been a shortcut to the football game. 

Witnesses say that Andrew Gilmore often walked on the tracks alone. Rena and Rashod were visiting town from New Orleans, when the incident happened.

Witnesses told investigators that Andrew Gilmore was sitting along the tracks with the children when they were struck by the train around 6:15 p.m.

Authorities say Andrew Gilmore and the young children were cousins, and that Andrew had a history of seizures.

"The train people say that the little one who got killed, he was raising his hands up," said Latonya Gilmore, the boys' grandmother. "He must have thought the train was going to stop but it wouldn't stop you know, he's a baby, he was probably just glad to see the train coming or whatever, trying to help the man."

The family has created a memorial fund for Rashod. If you'd like to help you can contribute to Copiah Bank location: Act. #1593946

The investigation into the train fatalities continues.

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