3 dead after Amtrak train hits vehicle on tracks

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June 23, 2014, 8:17 am
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Three people are dead after an Amtrak train heading from Washington, D.C. to Boston hit a vehicle in Mansfield, Massachusetts, late Sunday. 

Three occupants of the vehicle, two males and one female, died; none of the 180 passengers or crew were injured.

This happened in a heavily wooded area, making recovery efforts extremely difficult. The electrical supply had to be cut down and disconnected by railroad employees. Authorities say the "risk to the rescuer" is high and this is a low frequency/high risk recovery operation.

The Amtrak Regional train was traveling at a track speed of 125 mph at the time of the crash.

Amtrak has canceled some service to and from Boston. Delays are also expected on the MBTA's Providence and Stoughton line.

The crash is under investigation. No further information has been released on the victims.

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