Grandson talks about train accident that killed elderly woman
May 17, 2011 at 11:16 AM EST - Updated June 24 at 2:24 AM
ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC)
The grandson who was in the driver's seat the day his grandmother was killed in a train accident is talking about what happened that day.
Jeremy Weatherford was driving with his grandmother, Susan Weatherford Friday morning in Orangeburg. Just blocks away from his house, Weatherford says he turned a corner and had to swerve to avoid a car stopped at a railroad crossing. The near-miss sent Weatherford's car onto the tracks.
"My plan was to just drive over the tracks and get out of there, but I couldn't do that because my wheels got stuck in the tracks," he said.
Weatherford was able to get out before the train hit the car, but his grandmother wasn't.
The train hit the driver's side of the vehicle and pushed it about 80 yards before coming to a stop. Weatherford was unable to get out of the car and was ejected, officials said. She died at the scene.
"I was saying, she's got to be dead. She's got to be dead."
The accident is under investigation by the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Accident Reconstruction Team and the preliminary investigation indicates that driver error was the main contributing factor for the accident.
Officers haven't said if there will be any charges.