3 people were killed and 1 injured when an Amtrak train collided with a car in South Carolina

Three people were killed and a fourth injured when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a car early Saturday morning, authorities in South Carolina said.

The collision occurred shortly before 2:30 a.m. at the Raymont Road crossing in North Charleston. Police and firefighters found a car “off the road with severe damage” and a stopped Amtrak train, according to a North Charleston Fire Department press release.

Four people were found near the car, and three of them were declared dead at the scene. The fire department said firefighters treated a person who was taken to hospital. Their identities have not been revealed.

The train was carrying 500 passengers. None of them were injured, according to officials.

It is not clear what caused the accident. The railway crossing will be closed while authorities investigate the collision. The trains have since been cleared and resumed at around 8:30 a.m.

This is an evolving story. Check back for updates.

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