The driver of a small car may have tried but failed to "beat the train" at a rail crossing in southeast Haltom City on Tuesday evening, officials said.
Three people in the small white sedan were badly injured about 6:40 p.m. when a Trinity Railway Express train hit the car on the tracks near Carson Street and Eden Drive near the Fort Worth border, officials said.
One woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition, while another woman and a man appeared to be in serious condition, said Matt Zavadsky, a MedStar spokesman.
They appeared to be in their 30s or 40s, he said. Their conditions could not be learned late Tuesday.
Joan Hunter, a spokeswoman for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, which operates the commuter train, said the gates went down as normal as the train approached the crossing over Carson Street.
"Plus there were eyewitnesses," Hunter said. "They were definitely trying to beat the train."
It was unclear late Tuesday who was driving the car, officials said.
None of the 67 train passengers were hurt, said Haltom City Deputy Fire Chief Fred Napp.
He said officials at first thought buses would be used to ferry the passengers to downtown Fort Worth, where the train had its final scheduled stops at the Intermodal Transportation Center and the Texas & Pacific Station.
But after crews examined the train and the crossing equipment, both were determined to be operational. At 9 p.m., the train continued to the downtown Fort Worth stations, and the track was cleared for traffic, Hunter said.
While the track was closed, the T used buses to take waiting TRE passengers from two stops in downtown Fort Worth to the Richland Hills Station, and the reverse, Hunter said.
Firefighters from North Richland Hills, Richland Hills and Fort Worth assisted at the scene, Napp said.
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