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Train hits car in Calif., killing 4

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.

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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.

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