MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - James Rembert said he was friends with one of the three people who died in the CSX rail yard accident Tuesday, March 5.
Rembert said one female and two males were traveling from Pennsylvania to Florida via buses and trains.
He said he went to high school with the female victim and the group spent time with him at his home on Sunday. They played cards, listened to music, cooked and caught up on the past few years Rembert said.
"We had a really good time. It's just really sad knowing she's gone already, all of them. I'm really still in shock," he said.
Rembert believes the group was between the ages of 19-23. He also said the three may have encountered the two survivors of the accident, but they weren't traveling with them.
"They were just going to wait out the (rest of the) winter because it wan so cold in Pennsylvania, and they were just going to aspire to work," he said.
Police have yet to release the names of the three people killed when heavy beams shifted and crushed them inside a train car. They have not said what gender the victims are either.
Another victim was injured in the March 5 accident, and underwent surgery at USA Medical Center on Tuesday. Officials said the beams fell when workers were moving the rail car.
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