Thursday, October 23, 2008
Train/car accident kills two
By BARRY BURLESON
Two people were killed Saturday night in a train/car collision at the Highway 309 crossing in Byhalia.
Senica Centell Dowdy, 28, the driver of a 1997 Grand Am, was pronounced dead on the scene when he was ejected from the vehicle through the back window, according to coroner James R. Anderson. Carlos Martin, 30, was a passenger in the Grand Am. He was airlifted to The Med and died shortly after arrival, according to Byhalia Police Chief Gary Looney. Both Dowdy and Martin were from the Byhalia area.
The car was going north on 309, toward Byhalia High School. The train was moving west and struck the automobile on the passenger’s side, according to Anderson.
Chief Looney said it was an attempt to beat the train.
“Crossing arms were down, according to witnesses at the scene,” Looney said.
The call came into Marshall County 911 at 7:44 p.m. on October 18, Anderson said, and he was notified at 8:02 p.m.
Weekly police report
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 35 calls during the past week.
Chief Looney released the following report – five alarm calls, one burglary, five disturbances, one theft, two escorts, four animal-related calls, one juvenile-related call, two assists, two medical assists, one fire and 11 miscellaneous calls.
Police officers also made five arrests on the following charges:
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