Willie Lee Tyler




Age: 57


Summary: choral singer and founding member of the Deacon Willie Tyler and the Gospel Jewels singing group who had been hospitalized in critical condition from injuries resulted in connection with complications from chlorine inhalation suffered in the January 6 Graniteville train derailment that killed at least seven people at the scene and injured more than 250 others when a Norfolk Southern Railway freight train struck a parked train on the spur leading to Avondale's Stevens Steam Plant near rural South Carolina's Aiken County after one of two train cars that were carrying liquid chlorine ruptured, releasing a poisonous chlorine cloud and caused severe damages to several industrial buildings.



Cause of Death: Injuries sustained in a railroad accident


Born: March 10, 1947


Died: January 8, 2005


Location: Graniteville, South Carolina