Jemison man injured after vehicle collides with train

Published 2:17 pm Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Jemison man is in critical condition after his vehicle collided with a train Tuesday morning near U.S. Highway 31.

Charles Conrad Armbrust III, 45, was traveling on Highway 31 shortly after 7:30 a.m. and attempted to cross the railroad tracks near the Guy Street crossing, according to Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer.

Although the incident is still under investigation, Fulmer said the CSX train was traveling south when it collided with Armbrust’s 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier.

Armbrust was the only occupant in the vehicle.

Fulmer said Armbrust is well known in the Jemison community as “Buster.”

“It is a bad situation, and we hope and pray that everything works out for him,” Fulmer said. “Many, many, people know Buster.”

Armbrust was airlifted from the scene to UAB Hospital.

Jemison Police Department, Jemison Fire Department and RPS responded to the crash.

“Any of these situations are tragic, but as well known as Buster was, it is especially hard,” Fulmer said. “We are just praying for him and hoping everything turns out OK.”