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3 killed, 1 injured in SUV-train crash in Illinois

A coal train crashed into a sport utility vehicle crossing the tracks at the main railroad crossing in Marissa, Ill., on Monday, killing three people and injuring a fourth, officials said.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A coal train crashed into a sport utility vehicle crossing the tracks Monday, killing three people and injuring a fourth, officials said.

The crash occurred around 7:45 a.m. at the main railroad crossing in Marissa, about 40 miles southeast of St. Louis, Canadian National Railway Co. spokesman Jim Kvedaras said.

“According to the conductor, the driver made no attempt to stop and drove into the path of the train,” said Marissa Police Chief Michael Kerperien.

A 43-year-old woman, her daughter, and two other girls were in the SUV en route to Marissa Junior/Senior High School, Kerperien said.

The woman, her daughter and one of the other girls were pronounced dead at the scene. The injured girl was taken to a hospital in St. Louis, he said. A hospital spokesman would not release details, citing the child’s age and privacy laws.