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Fatal train, car accident kills father

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The accident happened on Shaw Chapel Road in Brownsville, Tennessee Wednesday. The accident happened on Shaw Chapel Road in Brownsville, Tennessee Wednesday.
Tennessee Highway Patrol says Tyler Stroder failed to yield at the railroad crossing when his car collided with a CSX train. Tennessee Highway Patrol says Tyler Stroder failed to yield at the railroad crossing when his car collided with a CSX train.
Stroder's fiancé and mother of their 18-month-old son does not know how to feel. Stroder's fiancé and mother of their 18-month-old son does not know how to feel.

(WMC-TV) - A fatal train crash took the life of a family man.

The accident happened on Shaw Chapel Road in Brownsville, Tennessee Wednesday. Tennessee Highway Patrol says Tyler Stroder failed to yield at the railroad crossing when his car collided with a CSX train.

His fiance says she blames the lack of warning signals in the area. The crash will forever change the lives of everyone who knew 23-year-old Tyler Stroder from Covington.

Stroder's fiancé and mother of their 18-month-old son does not know how to feel.

"Words can't describe it. Everybody calls me asking me how I'm doing ... I'm not doing OK. It's hard," said the mother, Areanna Reyna. "I don't know what I'm gonna tell him 'cause he goes to the door every night calling daddy. I'm like, baby, daddy's not coming home."

Stroder's best friend, Shaun Kiestler, penned hundreds of rap songs with him. After living in the fast lane Kiestler said Stroder had slowed down for his family.

"He touched many people's lives," said Kiestler. "It's not just a different direction in rap, it was a different direction in life not just music."

Stroder was on his way to Kiestler's house when the crash happened. Reyna just called to check on her fiancé minutes before.

"It don't make no sense why there's not no lights, no rails to stop people. Nothing. I mean if [it was] there ... He would still be here with us now," she said.

A CSX spokesperson said they are not responsible for the types of warnings at railroad crossings. It is the state of Tennessee's responsibility. The spokesperson said two railroad crossing signs are the railroad crossing.

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