VANDALIA, Ill., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Three young people are dead after a freight train struck the car they were riding in on Thursday night in southern Illinois.
An SUV driven by Crystal Anna, 35, pulled onto the tracks at the intersection of Main Street and 6th in Vandalia, 70 miles northeast of St. Louis around 6:50 p.m.
Two other occupants of the vehicle were airlifted to a hospital in critical condition.
An eyewitness indicated the driver of the SUV had not intentionally put her vehicle in front of the train. The witness said she backed up all the way to the gate, then tried to move forward to get out of the train's path, but failed to do so in time.
Authorities say the Halloween parade, just a block away from the tracks and scheduled to start at 7 p.m., went on as planned.
— Melanie Moon (@Moon_Melanie) October 31, 2014Advertisement