3 dead, 2 injured after Amtrak train crashes into car at California crossing
Three people were killed and two others injured after an Amtrak train crashed into a vehicle that was blocking the tracks near Brentwood, California, on Sunday, officials said.
The East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said the incident was reported around 1 p.m. after a car carrying five people was hit by a train as it attempted to cross the tracks at an unsecured level crossing.
Three people in the car were killed at the scene, while two others, including a child, were injured, the fire department told NBC's KNTV, based in San Jose, California. One person was flown to the hospital by air ambulance, while the child was transported over ground to the same hospital, sources said.
Three people died in the accident, and one adult and one child were injured and taken to the hospital. (NBC Bay area)
The fire department said the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation into the fatal incident.
In a statement to NBC News, Amtrak confirmed that train 713 "had contact with a vehicle blocking the track at Knightsen."
It said there were no reported injuries to the 89 passengers or crew on board the train. The train was delayed about three hours while authorities investigated the incident, Amtrak said.
The company said it was working with local law enforcement and BNSF Railway, the track owner, to investigate the incident.
Amtrak did not directly comment on the deaths related to the incident.
However, it said that crossing railroad tracks was the leading cause of railroad-related deaths in America, while incidents at railroad crossings were the second leading cause, citing the Federal Railroad Administration.
"These incidents can affect everyone involved -- the injured or dying and their families, our train crew and our passengers," Amtrak said.
"They also serve as a critical reminder of the importance of obeying the law and exercising extreme caution at railroad tracks and crossings," it said.
Two people were killed in Houston in April after the car they were in crashed into an Amtrak train after the driver tried to run over the train at a level crossing, police said.
In that accident, the driver of the vehicle drove around the crossing arms and signaled an approaching train before colliding with the train, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
The car burst into flames on impact, and the driver and front passenger were thrown from the vehicle. Authorities said both were pronounced dead at the scene.
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