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Troopers: Newborn was in car seat before fatal crash

Posted September 1, 2008 7:32 a.m. EDT
Updated September 1, 2008 9:36 a.m. EDT

— The Highway Patrol said Monday that an investigation has concluded that a 7-day-old baby was in a car seat before a car-train collision that claimed his life and those of his parents.

Skylar Mark Higgins-Brady, who was found some distance from the car, was thrown by the impact, state troopers said. He died Saturday.

Brannon Worth Brady, 25, and Crystal Lee Higgins, 22, who both lived in Princeton and were engaged to be married, died in the Friday wreck.

Investigators initially believed the infant had not been in a car seat.

The collision happened along U.S. Highway 70 Alternate outside of Princeton. Troopers said the train engineer told them the car was slowly crossing the rail line at Herring Road when the train hit it.

The engineer of the Norfolk Southern train, which was loaded with coal, sounded the horn, troopers said, but Brady apparently did not hear it, authorities said. The train pushed the car about a quarter-mile down the track before coming to a stop.

The crossing has no warning lights or crossbars to indicate a train is approaching and to block access.

Higgins was sitting in the back seat of the car with Skylar when the car was hit, authorities said. The couple was taking him to his first checkup, authorities said.

A visitation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday evening at Parrish Funeral Home in Selma. A funeral service for all three victims is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with a burial following at Evergreen Memorial Park near Princeton.