Infant released from hospital following train accident

Published: Sep. 3, 2013 at 2:10 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2013 at 2:05 PM CDT
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PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - On Friday, an SUV was struck by a train in Pass Christian. Sixty-four-year-old Sharon Jones and her baby granddaughter were in that car, but only the infant survived. Monday, that little girl was released from the hospital and doctors are calling it a miracle that she is alive.

Eleven-month-old Kalea Guillotte is recovering from a broken arm and a few minor scratches.

Three days ago, her mother, Sicily Rials, received a phone call from her boyfriend that the car his mother and their baby girl were in had just been struck by a train.

"I was like, 'Man, this has got to be a dream. It's not real.' We pulled up, we seen the train stopped on the track. We seen the car smashed in and everything," said Rials.

Guillotte's grandmother, who was driving the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was following her son over the railroad tracks, when her car was struck by the train.

"He didn't even know that they had got hit. So he ran off, went under the train to go find the car, and he ran to the car and he picked out Kalea. He laid her down and he tried to get his mom. He said she was still breathing, but he couldn't save her," said Rials.

The car was struck at Hiern Avenue. The train then pushed it to Clark Avenue where it rolled four times before coming to a stop.

Rials feels that if the Hiern Avenue railroad crossing had the standard crossing arms, this accident could have been avoided.

"It could have been prevented. I really think it could have. Even if there were lights. Even if it wasn't the arms, just some kind of signal," said Rials.

She plans to talk to someone with the city about getting crossing arms at these railroad tracks. But until then, she has a funeral to attend and a daughter she has to nurse back to health.

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