Amtrak Train Hits Pickup, Killing 3 in California
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An Amtrak train crashed into a pickup in Central California on Friday, killing three men in the truck, The Associated Press reported.
The driver of the truck drove around a stopped freight train at a railroad crossing and pulled out in front of the moving train on a parallel line, which was traveling up to 80 mph from Bakersfield to Oakland, authorities told AP.
"They weren't taking into consideration that there were two sets of tracks there," California Highway Patrol Officer Josh McConnell said.
The Chevy 3500 was ripped in two and its engine went flying 40 yards away, AP said.
The two passengers, who appeared to be in their late 20s or early 30s, were thrown from the vehicle, McConnell told AP.
None of the train's 217 passengers were injured, but the engineer said he was in pain after the collision, McConnell told AP.
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