At least one person was killed Friday when a train struck a vehicle in the area of Winton Way and Santa Fe Drive, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
The crash was reported at 4:51 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
At least one person was killed, Sheriff Vern Warnke confirmed to the Sun-Star.
An Amtrak passenger train struck a pickup truck. The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene, Sgt. Delray Shelton told the Sun-Star.
The train was carrying about 190 passengers. They were being examined for injuries, according to CHP Officer Justin Maier. The officer said the victim appeared to be a man in his late 60s or early 70s.
The train pushed the truck about 100 yards following the impact, authorities said. Pieces of the truck, such as a headlight and a possible exhaust pipe, were strewn on each side of the track after the collision.
Noemi Sanchez, 17, of Atwater, was in a vehicle at the intersection when the collision occurred. She said the driver’s truck, a Chevrolet Silverado, was stuck on the tracks between the crossing gates when it was struck. Other people tried briefly to free the man from the truck without success.
“It was traumatizing to see something like that,” Sanchez told the Sun-Star. “It’s like my mom said, when you go out, you never know if you’re going to come back.”
No other details were available before press time Friday.
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