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Train hits van in Texas, killing 3


SPRING, Texas (AP) — A van whose driver disregarded a warning signal at a train crossing was hit by a freight train, killing three and critically injuring another, police said.


The driver was the only occupant of the van to survive and was taken by helicopter to a Houston hospital, where he was in critical condition Thursday night.


Harris County Deputy Jeremy Thomas said the 25-year-old driver will be charged with three counts of manslaughter. The driver steered around a crossing arm to beat the train, authorities said.


"This is about as reckless as you get," Thomas told the Houston Chronicle on Friday. "In an accident like this, with the recklessness of his actions, this is the most appropriate charge."


The van's driver allegedly followed another car that also ignored the signal. "Apparently whoever was driving the van thought it was safe to continue across the tracks," Lt. John Martin of the Harris County Sheriff's Office told The Associated Press. "They just followed the car and then got hit by the train."


There were no reports of injuries on the Union Pacific train, which was hauling freight. The accident occurred in this suburb north of Houston.


Source: The Associated Press icon_offsite.png - December 7, 2007

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