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Collision between Amtrak and car leaves 3 dead and 3 injured at ‘recipe for disaster’ site

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

The tragedy happened around 1pm, in an unincorporated area of ​​Brentwood when the car was crossing the railway tracks near the 3000 block of Orwood Road and was hit by a westbound train from Stockton to Martinez, a said Steve Aubert, fire marshal with East Contra. Fire Coast.

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene, Aubert said. Two of the three survivors suffered serious injuries, one adult was airlifted to hospital and one child was taken to hospital by ground transport.

Amtrak representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Aubert said the collision happened in a rural area with no guardrails or signage at the crossing.

“It’s a bad crossing,” he said, with trains traveling at around 80 mph. “It’s just a recipe for disaster, unfortunately.”

The names of the victims were not released, but officials said those killed were believed to be adults.

Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office officials referred media inquiries to the BNSF Railroad. Railroad officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Megan Cassidy is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @meganrcassidy

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