Thursday, January 10 2013 10:46 PM EST2013-01-11 03:46:35 GMT
ST. GEORGE, S.C. (WCIV) – The doorway of Indian Field United Methodist Church in St. George was lined with firemen Thursday afternoon, as firefighter's saluted 27-year-old Richard Willis one final time.More >>
The doorway of Indian Field United Methodist Church in St. George was lined with firemen Thursday afternoon, as firefighter's saluted 27-year-old Richard Willis one final time.More >>
Thursday, January 10 2013 6:07 PM EST2013-01-10 23:07:14 GMT
ST. GEORGE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Firefighters from across the state were in St. George on Thursday for the funeral service of one of their own. Firefighters stood at attention at Indian Field United MethodistMore >>
Firefighters from across the state were in St. George on Thursday for the funeral service of one of their own.More >>
ST. GEORGE, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Grover Volunteer Fire Department had 11 members Sunday. Monday, there were only 10.
"He is an active member, an over-achiever," Dorchester County Fire Chief Tres Atkinson said.
St. George police said Richard Willis, 27, died Sunday afternoon after witnesses said he ran a stop sign on Ann Street and hit a passing train head-on with his Chevrolet pick-up truck.
"I've been here five years and I've never seen anything happen like that," said Nancy Chaney, who lives along the railroad tracks in St. George.
Witnesses said the train hit the car, causing it to flip and land several feet away upside down. Neighbors said they couldn't remember anything like that happening by the railroad tracks. But, they also said they thought changes could make the area safer.
"I was out here one day smoking. I heard the train. It had no lights on," Mary Lyons said.
Lyons said she crossed the tracks on her scooter often. She said the trains were usually loud and bright, but not always. She thought there should be clearer markers, like the lights at the intersection one block south of Ann Street.
"I think all railroad tracks should have them," Lyons said.
Chaney said the trains are so loud that you always know a train is approaching.
"My son has heard it on the phone when I talk to him. One went by this morning and he said, 'Mama here comes your train,'" she said.
Still, she said signs and noise may not be enough.
"They could put some lights up. If they put the lights on, that would tell people there's a train there if you're not paying attention," Chaney said.
Willis's wife said he also left three children behind.
St. George Mayor Anne Johnston said she thought the intersection had adequate signs. She plans to meet with the town engineer Tuesday to go over any plans for changes.
Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. More>>