4 dead, 1 injured in vehicle-train crash in Fresno

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Associated Press

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Fresno, Calif., now say they don't believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the overnight collision between a car and a freight train that left four people dead. Another person was injured.

Police say the car carrying the five people drove onto the tracks and was broadsided by the train -- a Union Pacific train that was going about 40 miles an hour. According to the state highway patrol, the train 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 victims include the 20-year-old woman who was driving, along with two men ages 20 and 21 and an 18-year-old woman. The survivor is hospitalized with what are described as major injuries.

Authorities say the train started to brake immediately after the collision. It stopped about a quarter-mile north of the crash and did not derail.

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169-a-15-(Officer Sean Duncan, spokesman, California Highway Patrol, in AP interview)-"approaching the intersection"-California Highway Patrol spokesman Sean Duncan says it's not clear why the driver in the fatal collision drove into the path of an oncoming train. (19 Aug 2013)

<<CUT *169 (08/19/13)££ 00:15 "approaching the intersection"

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