NBA Star Dies When SUV Hits Train


Former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Eddie Griffin died in mid-August 2007 when his SUV collided with a freight train in a fiery crash in Texas. Houston police said he ignored a railroad warning and went through a barrier before striking a moving train about 1:30 a.m. His body was badly burned and dental records had to be used to identify Griffin.

Griffin had a series of suspension, court dates and missed practices during his first two years in the NBA, and he spent time in the Betty Ford Center for alcohol treatment in 2003 and 2004.