Officials: 3 dead after train-truck collision in Mississippi

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Posted: May 19, 2016 9:08 AM
Officials: 3 dead after train-truck collision in Mississippi

FLORA, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a father and two children were killed instantly when their pickup truck and an Amtrak train collided in a small Mississippi town.

Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds said in a statement the Chicago-bound train hit the vehicle around 6:11 p.m. Wednesday. The collision happened in Flora, about 25 miles northwest of Jackson.

Madison County Coroner Alex Breeland tells The Clarion-Ledger a 35-year-old man and his two children, ages 7 and 1, died instantly of blunt-force trauma.

Breeland says the man and 7-year-old were wearing seat belts and the younger child was in a car seat.

Leeds says there were no injuries to the crew or the 127 passengers aboard.

In another fatal crash, the Florida Highway Patrol says an Amtrak train struck and killed a person who was on the tracks Wednesday in the central part of the state.

An incident report says the train's engineer was alerted to the man on the tracks but couldn't stop in time. The name of the man hasn't been released.