Child among 3 killed after Amtrak train hits pickup truck in upstate New York

AMTRAK Passenger train Toronto - New York stands at Niagara Falls station on June 29^ 2011 in Niagara Falls^ Canada.

A child was among three people killed after an Amtrak train struck a vehicle in Upstate New York near Buffalo. The North Tonawanda Police said on Facebook that the three deceased were in a Dodge pickup truck around 7:56 p.m. on Friday when it collided with the train, which was on its way from New York City to Niagara Falls when the accident happened.

Per ABC News, North Tonawanda Police Department Captain Daryl Truty said in a statement posted that the victims included a 6-year-old boy, a 66-year-old woman, and a 69-year-old man. The names of the victims had not been released as of Sunday morning.

Amtrak spokesperson Olivia Irvin said in a statement that none of the Amtrak crew or its 21 passengers were injured in the crash. The North Tonawanda firefighter’s union said in a statement that he pickup was severely damaged with heavy equipment was required to reach the victims, adding that all three victims died at the scene. Photos shared on Facebook by the North Tonawanda Fire Department appeared to show no visible damage to the Amtrak train. An investigation is ongoing and police did not detail how the crash happened.

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