In South Carolina, 3 people died and 1 was injured in a collision between an Amtrak train and a vehicle

Three people were killed and a fourth was injured when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a vehicle early Saturday morning, South Carolina authorities said.

The collision happened just before 2.30am at the Remount Road intersection in North Charleston. Police and firefighters found the vehicle “off the road with severe damage” and the Amtrak train stopped, the North Charleston Fire Department reported.

Four people were found near the vehicle, three of whom died at the scene. One person was treated by firefighters and taken to hospital, the fire department said. Their identities have not been revealed.

The train carried about 500 passengers. According to officials, none of them were injured.

It is not clear what caused the accident. The railway crossing will be blocked while authorities investigate the collision. Train traffic has since been cleared and resumed around 8.30am

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