- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) - One of Alabama’s best-known bass fishermen has died after a train crashed into his vehicle near Bessemer.

News outlets report that 42-year-old Kyle Mabrey died Sunday night when he drove his SUV off a highway and came to rest near railroad tracks. Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates says a Norfolk Southern train struck the boat Mabrey was towing, causing Mabrey to be ejected from the SUV. He was pronounced dead at the scene

Mabrey was a regular on the Fishing League Worldwide Tour and was ranked 286th in the world. The fishing league’s website says he had earned more than $288,000 in his career.

He also worked as a respiratory therapist at Children’s of Alabama hospital in Birmingham.

The crash remains under investigation.


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