Amtrak train collides with car in East Bay, killing 3

Three people were killed and two seriously injured on Sunday after an Amtrak train collided with their car in the rural East Bay community of Brentwood, authorities said.

A westbound Amtrak train struck the car as it was crossing the tracks near the 3000 block of Orwood Road at 1:15 p.m. in Contra Costa County, officials said. Three people died at the scene after the car was thrown off the train tracks, said Steve Aubert, a firefighter with the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District.

The three people were identified as 51-year-old Mercedes Regalado of Antioch, 41-year-old Julia Mondragon and 72-year-old Maria Nieves of Dixon, according to the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Department.

Three people in the vehicle survived the accident, two were seriously injured, and they were airlifted to hospitals. One person was flown to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek and the other, a child, was taken to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, Aubert said.

The Amtrak train with 85 people on board was traveling from Stockton to Martinez when the collision occurred. There were no reported injuries among train passengers and staff, Aubert said.

The level crossing where the collision occurred has no crossing arms or signals, Aubert said, and trains are allowed to travel through the rural community at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office referred all questions to the BNSF Railway. A spokesman for Deutsche Bahn said the cause of the crash is still under investigation. Amtrak train collides with car in East Bay, killing 3

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