Amtrak train collides with van, killing driver in Cayuga County

New York State Police say that one person is dead after a van collided with an Amtrak train in Cayuga County this morning. Police believe the vehicle failed to stop at the railroad crossing, and when the driver attempted to navigate around the crossing gate — it was struck by an oncoming train.

The train was traveling east along North Main Street near Port Byron in the Town of Mentz. The CSX tracks have since been reopened, but the Amtrak passenger track remains closed due to the accident and ongoing investigation.Officials from Amtrak say that there were 61 passengers onboard the train. The accident occurred at 7:06 am. Those who were on the train involved in the accident were being transported to Syracuse. The official also pointed out that there were no injuries among those on the train.Witnesses who were on the train said that some reported hearing a noise at impact, which was followed by the smell of gas. However, at that time — the passengers were alerted that they struck a vehicle. Many passengers were traveling across the state, with some reporting that they were on their way to Penn Station in New York City.

The Federal Railroad Administration says that an average of 28 trains pass through that crossing per day, and that the last reported fatal accident at this location was in July of 1990. Amtrak 280 was on it’s way to Syracuse. The investigation is ongoing and the identify of the individual killed has not been released. FingerLakes1.com will have more information as it becomes available.

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