Four Hospitalized After Train Hits SUV in Fort Worth

By Greg Janda
|  Thursday, Aug 29, 2013  |  Updated 12:46 PM CDT
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A family has been hospitalized after the driver of their sport utility vehicle tried to beat an oncoming train.

Jeff Smith, NBC 5

A family has been hospitalized after the driver of their sport utility vehicle tried to beat an oncoming train.

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Emergency crews said four people have been hospitalized after a train and a sports utility vehicle collided in Fort Worth Thursday morning.

Daniel Segura with the City of Fort Worth said the driver of the SUV attempted to beat the train before the collision occurred at the railroad crossing at Ryan Avenue and W. Biddison Street.

Carol Jones with the Fort Worth Fire Department detailed the situation in a press release: "Reports indicate that the lights at the train crossing were flashing and that the crossing arms were in the downward motion when the driver made the decision to cross the tracks in the path of the oncoming train."

Investigators said the train was traveling at about 25 mph when the collision occurred. Firefighters on scene said the SUV was pushed around 200 feet down the tracks before the train could come to a complete stop.

A family of two adults and three children were in the vehicle at the time, Segura said.

The mother and three children were transported to local hospitals for evaluation. No injuries appeared to be life threatening.

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