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    Posted October 19, 2009 by
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    3 killed in train-car crash in McComb Mississippi. How sad.


    MCCOMB, MISS. — Three people are dead, including a toddler, after a passenger train collided with a car at a railroad crossing Monday in an industrial section of the city.

    McComb Police Chief Greg Martin said the accident happened about 3:30 p.m. Monday as Amtrak's northbound City of New Orleans train traveled through the area.


    Deputy Police Chief Scott McKenzie said the train was about three-quarters of a mile south of the train depot when the accident occurred. "It was coming in for a stop, so it was coming in slower than it would have been," he said.


    A car, with four people inside, was pushed down the track some 20 to 30 yards.


    "From what we can tell, it just doesn't appear that they stopped at the crossing or stop sign," said McKenzie.


    An investigation into the cause of the wreck continues, McKenzie said.


    Witnesses told investigators they heard the train's horn as it approached the area.


    The crossing doesn't have crossing arms or lights.


    Martin said the victims' names were not released. Killed in the crash were a child, who was thrown from the vehicle, a male teenager whose body was found under the car, and a woman, who had to be removed from the wreckage. A younger male teenager was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. His condition was not immediately known, McKenzie said.


    There were no injuries reported by any of the 112 passengers on the train, which didn't have much damage.


    Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Romero said the train was headed from New Orleans to Chicago and was delayed about 11/2 hours before it continued on to Chicago. She said the track speed in the area is 60 miles per hour. She did not know exactly how fast the train was going at the time of the accident, but said that would be part of the investigation into the wreck.


    This is sad and should be on CNN too.

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