Cause of crash between Amtrak train and car at rail crossing under investigation
Three people have died and a fourth was seriously injured after a collision between an Amtrak train and a vehicle at a railroad crossing in South Carolina, authorities say.
The North Charleston Fire Department said in a statement that the vehicle was found heavily damaged when police arrived at the at the Remount Road railroad crossing at about 2:30am on Saturday.
Three people who had been traveling in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth person was taken to a local hospital.
There were 500 passengers on the train, but no reported injuries, the fire department said.
The Amtrak train was able to make a controlled emergency stop after the collision.
Damage to the train is being assessed by Amtrak representatives.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Agencies contributed to this report