1 dead after train coming from Niagara Falls collides with vehicle near Syracuse

(Photo courtesy @RyanCaughill13)

MENTZ, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a van has been killed after it was hit by an Amtrak passenger train at a central New York rail crossing.

State police say the accident happened around 6:50 a.m. Thursday when an eastbound train hit the van as its driver tried to cross the tracks in the Cayuga County town of Mentz, 25 miles west of Syracuse.

The victim’s name hasn’t been released. No one on the train was injured.

Troopers say the crossing’s safety gates were down at the time but the driver went around them as train approached.

Amtrak’s 280 train, part of the Empire Service, was headed from Niagara Falls to New York City when the accident occurred between stops in Rochester and Syracuse.

After a four-hour delay, the train began moving again later in the morning.

(Photo courtesy of Brett Bosse)
(Photo courtesy of Brett Bosse)



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