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Amtrak train strikes vehicle near Kelso; 2 people killed

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Two people died in a collision between an Amtrak train and a car near Kelso.

Emergency crews responded to the Horseshoe Estates about 7 miles north of Kelso at around 9:30 a.m. Friday.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said the collision occurred at a private railroad crossing involving a train heading from Portland to Seattle.

Deputies said the train speed limit in the area is in the upper 60s. As the train approached, one vehicle safely crossed the tracks, but a second car became stuck.

Investigators said the driver of the second car seemed to not notice the oncoming train.

Two people in the car died after being hit by the train.

The names and ages of those who died have not been released by law enforcement. Deputies said the victims are a male and a female. 

Deputies said the driver of the first vehicle that crossed the tracks was the mother of one of the people who died in the second car and she witnessed the crash. 

There were no reports of any injuries to anyone on the train.

The tracks were shut down to all Amtrak and freight trains during the investigation.

Melonas said there are stop signs and railroad crossing signs, but no mechanical arms or signals, at the intersection where the collision occurred.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is working with Amtrak and BNSF on the investigation. Cowlitz Fire District #6 assisted deputies and the Cowlitz County coroner at the scene. 

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation contributed to this report. 

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