MADERA, Calif. (AP) — Passengers on a Central California Amtrak train involved in a fatal crash with an SUV say they saw the SUV speeding toward them as the train approached a crossing.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the SUV then drove into the side of the train's second passenger car. The crash occurred around 9:30 a.m. Sunday at a rural intersection in Madera County. The driver of the SUV, who died in the crash, was identified on Monday as 66-year-old Raul Ruben Perez Moncada, of Madera.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Lincoln McKenna tells KFSN-TV investigators will be checking to see whether crossing arms and warning lights were functioning properly.
Passengers reported a boom when the crash occurred. McKenna said one passenger was injured when a window fell on her head.
The train was headed from Bakersfield to Sacramento.
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