FRESNO, Calif. — Four people are dead and another injured after their vehicle drove into the path of a freight train in Fresno, authorities said on Monday.
A 2002 Chevrolet Lumina carrying five people drove onto the tracks and was hit by the train at around 1:45 a.m., California Highway Patrol officer Scott Jobinger said.
Jobinger said the Union Pacific train was traveling at about 40 miles an hour and was sounding its horns and had its headlights on.
The accident happened at a private railroad crossing, with a stop sign and painted stop lines, but no crossing arms or lights. The signage at the crossing was proper and well-maintained, Jobinger said.
Those killed in the crash include the driver, who was a 20-year-old woman from Sanger, as well as a 20-year-old man, a 21-year-old man, and an 18-year-old woman, all of whom were from Fresno. Their names have not been released while authorities notify their families.
A fifth passenger, 20-year-old Alexandra Sanchez of Fresno, was taken to a hospital with major injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said Sanchez is in serious condition.
Investigators say it is unclear why the collision occurred. They say drugs or alcohol are not believed to be factors.