A driver and passenger of a car died on April 16 after they crashed into an Amtrak train while attempting to beat the train at a railroad crossing in Houston, Texas, officials said.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, a black Chrysler 300 was traveling in northeast Houston at around 8 p.m. when the driver went around the crossing arms that signaled the approaching train.
The Sheriff’s Office also said that flashing red lights and a bell were activated at the crossing to indicate that the train was going to pass the Van Hut Lane train.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the approaching train struck the vehicle, which “engulfed in flames.”
The driver and the passenger of the car were ejected and both were pronounced dead at the scene, Gonzalez said.
Amtrak spokesperson Kimberly Woods confirmed to USA Today that the train was traveling from New Orleans to Los Angeles with 81 passengers 11 crew members on board.
Woods said that two train passengers were taken to a hospital to receive treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
The train remained upright and intact after the crash, Woods added.
Woods also said that Amtrak was working with the Vehicle Crimes Division of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.
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