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Van-train collision claims four lives

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An deadly train accident early Thursday morning is said to have been the Thorsby area’s sixth train-vehicle wreck in just two years, according to The Birmingham News.

Eight men were riding in a van when they collided with a 38-car CSX train that was hauling automobiles and had two locomotives. Residents and others say the railroad crossing was missing an arm of the “X” and had a damaged sign.

The van was crushed by the collision’s impact and rolled into a ditch. Four of the people in the van were killed in the crash and others were injured.

This was the sixth vehicle-train accident to occur within a 1.5 mile area that includes three crossings; and it was also the second vehicle-train accident that caused deaths.