Authorities reported on Thursday that three people were killed after a train collided with a car trying to cross railroad tracks north of Salem in Oregon.
In a press release, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office stated that the vehicle, a Honda 2002, was carrying four passengers when it was struck by the freight train. Authorities believe the driver failed to obey traffic control devices before the accident.
The sheriff’s department said that three of the four passengers were killed.
Sheriff’s Office identified the three victims as Catarino Guzman, the 31-year-old driver, Francisco Lopez, 33 and Jesus Carrera Avendano, 22. Anselmo Caballero Herrera was the passenger who survived.
Investigation revealed that the Honda was traveling west along a farm road when it tried to cross the tracks.
The sheriff’s department said that “the farm road had stop signs but the investigation shows the Honda did not obey the traffic control device.” The sheriff’s office said that alcohol and drugs were not a factor.
The sheriff’s department said that the families of those who died in the crash do not want to speak to media.
Authorities warned people to be prepared to stop and wait at railroad crossings until it was safe to continue.
Slow down, listen and use your senses to improve your driving. Understanding the warning signs and devices is important. It said to “make sure you have plenty of room for your vehicle on the other side so that it can safely cross the tracks” and “never try to race the train.”