Amtrak crash in Madera Co leaves 3 dead

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Three people are dead, following a crash involving an Amtrak train in Madera County Friday afternoon.

The accident happened at a railroad crossing near Road 33 1/2 and Avenue 9. Train traffic has reportedly resumed, but investigation into the crash in still underway.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the three men were in a truck when the accident occurred. According to CHP officials, the freight train was blocking the rail crossing, and the truck was trying to get around it. The truck reportedly went up a dirt road, where they were hit by the trick, on a second set of tracks.

CHP says the three men are Hispanic, in their 20s or 30s. CHP says they were familiar with the area and working nearby.

The truck was split upon impact. Over 200 passengers were onboard the Amtrak train, but there were no reports of any passenger injuries. The train’s engineer, however, suffered minor injuries.

CHP officers on scene reminded drivers to use caution, at railroad crossings.

“This intersection in particular had stop signs and signs indicating it was a railroad crossing,” said Officer Josh McConnell with CHP. “You need to use extreme caution, because these trains come through here at high speeds.”

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