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2 dead after car crashes into Amtrak train in Texas

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Two people died Saturday night after a crash involving a train in northeast Harris County, Texas, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed.

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According to Gonzalez, the crash occurred at around 8 p.m. when a Chrysler 300 attempted to cut around the railroad crossing arm. An oncoming Amtrak train collided with the vehicle, KPRC-TV reported.

The force of the impact ejected both of the vehicle’s passengers, identified only as a man and a woman, who were pronounced dead at the scene. The Chrysler also burst into flames after the crash, the TV station reported.

According to authorities, the westbound Amtrak was en route from New Orleans to Los Angeles, and the crash occurred about 12 miles from the Houston station, KTRK-TV reported.

In a prepared statement, Amtrak confirmed that 81 passengers and crew members were on board the train at the time of the crash but none sustained life-threatening injuries, the TV station reported.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez said during a news conference that the three-car train suffered only minor front-end damage, KPRC-TV reported.

Read Amtrak’s full statement below:

“On April 16, Amtrak train 1 was traveling from New Orleans to Los Angeles when an occupied vehicle obstructing the track came into contact with the train about 12 miles from Houston Station. There have been no reported injuries to the 81 passengers or crew onboard. Amtrak is working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident.”