Local man killed as Amtrak strikes car | PostIndependent.com

Local man killed as Amtrak strikes car

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NEW CASTLE – A local man died Sunday after driving in front of the eastbound Amtrak train between New Castle and Silt.Investigators said the man apparently died instantly. His name was being withheld pending notification of relatives. No other passengers were in the car.The accident occurred on the north side of an I-70 overpass in front of Sunshine Farm, along U.S. Highway 6 & 24.The Subaru station wagon was headed north over the tracks when it was struck in the driver’s side door and pushed 500 feet down the tracks.The Burning Mountain Fire Department pried open the roof of the car to remove the body of the victim. Colorado State Patrol Captain Benjamin Bratt said the report of a train-car accident came in at 4:53 p.m. Bratt said the reason the car was on the track was under investigation, but that witnesses said the car came onto the track just before the train would have passed. The warning lights on the train were working at the time of the crash, said Bratt. The warning signal at the road crossing also flashed its lights and rang its bell long after the accident occurred.The Chicago-bound California Zephyr with 230 passengers on board left Emeryville, Calif., Saturday, said Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham. None of the passengers or crew suffered injuries.An Amtrak conductor on the train declined to comment.Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 535rgraff@postindependent.com

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