Three Killed After Light Rail Train Hits Vehicle

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Three people have been killed, including an 18-month-old boy, and many more injured after a light rail train hit an SUV with four people inside.

The accident happened just after 4 p.m. Saturday at the railroad crossing at 25th Street and 26th Avenue in South Sacramento.

The details are unclear as to how the accident happened, but Sacramento City Fire Department Assistant Chief Niko King says three people in the Nissan Pathfinder were killed after it was struck by the light rail train heading south.

"It looks like it was a really hard impact," said King. He said the SUV appeared to have rolled a few times and landed on its roof.

Two of the people inside the SUV were dead when emergency crews arrived. The two other people inside the SUV were taken to the hospital, one of those people later died. One of the three who died is identified as an 18-month-old boy. Officials are not releasing any identifying information about the other victims.

The fire department says 17 light rail passengers reported minor pain and bruising after the accident and were taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Witnesses say the SUV tried to beat the train, but that has not been confirmed.

Sacramento Police are looking at video from Regional Transit, both on the train and on a nearby pole, and other evidence to figure out what happened. The driver of the train stayed onscene and talked with investigators.

Regional Transit representatives think the car was going eastbound and may have gone around the arm when it was in the down position.

The train tracks and surrounding area was shut down for several hours Saturday night.

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