RICHMOND (CBS SF) — Three people were killed early Monday after a northbound Amtrak long-distance train slammed into their SUV at a crossing in Richmond, according to Union Pacific Railroad officials.

Union Pacific spokesman Tim McMahan said the vehicle was struck at about 12:08 a.m. at a railroad crossing near Brookside Drive and Giant Road.

The force of the impact completely destroyed the SUV, killing the three people inside. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said none of the crew or passengers
aboard the northbound No. 14 Coast Starlight were injured.

The train will be inspected and should continue on to its final destination of Seattle once crews at the scene finish the investigation into the collision, Magliari said.

The Mercury News of San Jose reports that the coroner’s office later reported the three killed were 30-year-old Whitney Pearl; 30-year-old Jose Torres Jr., and 58-year-old Robert Taylor, all of Richmond.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Justin Hagler said an initial investigation shows both the train’s controls and railroad track signals appeared to be working properly.

 

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