3 dead after Amtrak train collides with car near Brentwood
BRENTWOOD, Calif. - Three people are dead and three were injured after an Amtrak train collided with a Honda Civic Sunday afternoon near Brentwood.
The crash happened at about 1 p.m. near the intersection of Orwood Road and Bixler Road, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The train was headed to Oakland and slammed into a Honda Civic whose driver was crossing the tracks.
On Monday, the Contra Costa County Coroner identified the woman who died as Mercedes Regaldo, 51, of Antioch; and Maria Nieves, 72, and Julia Mondragon, 41, both of Dixon, were killed.
Battalion Chief Craig Auzenne of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District told KTVU that of the three injured, one was a child who was taken to Children's Hospital and two men were taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
The five-car Amtrak passenger train could be seen stopped about a quarter-mile from the site of the crash.
Officials said there were 80 passengers on the train at the time of the collision, but none were injured.
The crash is under investigation.
The East Bay Times reported that the deadly crash occurred near an outdoor fundraiser for the family of a Brentwood resident who died less than a week ago.
Firefighters had already been called to the fundraiser to help someone who had fainted and the crash happened as they were responding, the newspaper reported.