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One Killed in Train-Car Collision

April 2, 1999

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ An Amtrak passenger train slammed into a car that had been rear-ended onto the tracks, killing the driver, authorities said.

A car had stopped for flashing lights at a railroad crossing Thursday evening when another car rammed it from behind, spinning the vehicle onto the tracks, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.

The driver of the car, a woman, was unable to get out of the car before the southbound Amtrak Silver Meteor rammed it, pushing the car about 2,000 feet down the tracks, authorities said.

``The vehicle itself is almost unrecognizable,″ said Phil Kaplan of West Palm Beach Fire-Rescue.

Two passengers in the car were injured when they jumped out of the vehicle before the train collision, troopers said. They and the driver of the second car were hospitalized with unknown injuries.

None of the train’s 128 passengers or crew heading to Miami from New York were reported injured.

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