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2 Killed When Amtrak Train Collides with SUV in California

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 25, 2016

2 Killed When Amtrak Train Collides with SUV in California

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On Tuesday, two people were killed when an Amtrak train collided with a sports utility vehicle in Northern California.

According to, the incident occurred in San Leandro, CA, when a SUV was struck by the Amtrak Capitol Corridor train 532, which runs between San Jose and Sacramento, the Alameda County Fire Department reported.

While none of the 39 passengers onboard the Amtrak train were injured, the two people inside the vehicle were killed during the accident. The passengers on the train were transferred to a bus and were taken to another train in order to get them to their destinations.

Amtrak has announced the launch of a formal investigation into the position of the railroad crossing gates when the incident occurred. Thus far, it remains unclear whether the gates were raised or down and how fast the train was traveling when it struck the SUV.

In addition to Amtrak’s investigation, the Federal Railroad Administration was also on the scene analyzing the situation, a spokesperson told ABC News.


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