Robert Sheffield Death, Obituary – Robert Theodore Sheffield, 51, Sharon Sheffield, 52, and Robert Max Sheffield, 14, were found to have passed away as a result of the collision, according to the Pontotoc County Coroner Kim Bedford. At the site, it was determined that all three had passed away. A member of the family who is seven years old was flown by helicopter to the LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The coroner stated that information on the condition of the daughter was not accessible on Tuesday morning. Tuscumbia Road in Pontotoc County was home to all of the victims, including a mother, father, son, and a daughter who suffered injuries.
Railroad crossing lights were operational at the time of the crash, which occurred on 3rd Avenue near Wild Bill’s convenience store, according to Sherman Police Chief Joel Spellins, who spoke on Tuesday morning. The residence is located approximately four miles away from the location of the accident. According to Chief Spellins, whose department is in charge of leading the investigation into the collision, there are not any crossing barriers at the point where the road joins the two different sets of rails. The conditions were gloomy at the time of the collision, but the chief stated that there was no fog nor rain at the time.
The train was headed in a westerly direction and consisted of three engines and little over one hundred carriages that were empty. When the collision occurred, the family was traveling southbound in their 2002 Chrysler minivan when it was struck. The collision sent the minivan, which was traveling on the rails, roughly 25 feet off of them. It landed on the northwest side of the rails, facing west, when it came to a stop there. According to Chief Spellins, only the front passengers were wearing seatbelts, and only the daughter was thrown from the vehicle. All of the other passengers remained inside the vehicle.
About a quarter of a mile down the tracks from where the collision occurred, the train came to a halt on the rails. The inquiry into the crash is still ongoing. According to Chief Spellins, his department is the primary agency in charge of the inquiry, which involves other departments. According to the chief, a collision between a railway and a car occurred at the crossing on the morning of October 22, 2018, resulting in the death of a man from Lee County. Max Sheffield was a student at New Albany High School and a member of the school’s soccer squad, as evidenced by the social media profile for the school.