Amtrak collision with car leaves 3 dead, 3 injured at ‘recipe for disaster’ track site

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In Brentwood, a train smashed into a car that was crossing the tracks, leaving three people dead and three injured, authorities said.

In Brentwood, a train smashed into a car that was crossing the tracks, leaving three people dead and three injured, authorities said.

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Three people were killed and another three injured when the car they were riding in was struck by an Amtrak train in the East Bay on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The tragedy occurred at about 1 p.m., in the unincorporated Brentwood area when the car was crossing the train track near the 3000 block of Orwood Road and was struck by a westbound train headed from Stockton to Martinez, according to Steve Aubert, fire marshal with East Contra Costa Fire.

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene, Aubert said. Two of the three survivors suffered major injuries, with one adult being airlifted to a hospital and one child taken to a hospital via ground transport.

Representatives for Amtrak did not immediately return a request for comment.

Aubert said the collision occurred in a rural area where there are no rail guards or signals at the crossing.

“It’s a bad crossing,” he said, adding that trains are allowed to travel through that area at about 80 miles per hour. “It’s just a recipe for disaster, unfortunately.”

Victims’ names were not released but officials said the people killed were believed to be adults.

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